The following is testimony from the Bournmouth Meteorological Registrar:
“After the severe thunderstorm of 5 June 1983, it was brought to my attention that large amounts of coke had fallen in a gentleman’s garden. After being reported in the local press and on local radio that evening, my telephone never stopped ringing with reports of coke haven fallen all over the Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch area. I investigated several reports and found the pieces to be the same, all having been discovered over lawns, paths, etc. and all found after the storms of the 5th.
At one lady’s house I picked up 92 pieces of coke and there were still many pieces left. The largest piece of coke measured 6.0 cm by 4.6 cm. At one investigation I was given small roof-like stone chippings which the lady said she saw in melting hailstones.”
(Rogers, P.A.; “Remarkable Shower of Coke from Cumulonimbus,” Journal of Meteorology, U.K., 9:220, 1984.)
From Science Frontiers #37, JAN-FEB 1985. © 1985-2000 William R. Corliss