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BBC News – Keresley residents mystified by apple shower

Residents of Coventry have been left mystified after hundreds of apples fell from the sky over their homes.

People in the Keresley area of the city said the fruit came raining down at about 19:00 GMT on Monday, hitting passing vehicles.

Parish councillor Sandra Camwell said the apple storm lasted a few minutes and was the second occurrence of its kind in a fortnight.

Weather experts said winds could have carried the apples from an orchard.

Ms Camwell said there had been no reported injuries and only minor damage to a handful of cars.

Dave Meakins, 63, who lives near the junction of Kelmscote Road and Keresley Road, said he had found dozens of apples in his garden.

Many more were scattered across the road and found in gutters.

Westerly wind

“At first I thought it was kids, but there were too many apples and they were crushed as if they’d fallen from a great height,” he said.

Mr Meakins said some of the apples were large, like cooking apples.

Prof Robert Kerr, an expert in atmospheric modelling at the University of Warwick, said it was possible the apples were lifted from a nearby orchard by the wind and released over the junction.

And Charles Powell, forecaster for the Met Office, said it was “not impossible” that strong winds lifted the apples and carried them over Keresley.

“It’s not the first instance I’ve heard of this happening,” he said.

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BBC News – Bournemouth resident mystified by ‘blue sphere shower’

A man in Dorset has been left mystified after tiny blue spheres fell from the sky into his garden.

Steve Hornsby from Bournemouth said the 3cm diameter balls came raining down late on Thursday afternoon during a hail storm.

He found about a dozen of the balls in his garden. He said: “[They’re] difficult to pick up, I had to get a spoon and flick them into a jam jar.”

The Met Office said the jelly-like substance was “not meteorological”.

Mr Hornsby, a former aircraft engineer, said: “The sky went a really dark yellow colour.

“As I walked outside to go to the garage there was an instant hail storm for a few seconds and I thought, ‘what’s that in the grass’?”

‘No smell’

Mr Hornsby said he was keeping the balls in his fridge while he tried to find out what they were

Walking around his garden he found many more blue spheres were scattered across the grass.

He said: “The have an exterior shell with a softer inner but have no smell, aren’t sticky and do not melt.”

Mr Hornsby said he was keeping the balls in his fridge while he tried to find out what they were.

Josie Pegg, an applied science research assistant at Bournemouth University, speculated that the apparently strange phenomena might be “marine invertebrate eggs”.

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