Strange Toxic Goo that Rained from the Skies
Aired in the Mid 1990's
The Blob (Unsolved Mysteries)
A Toxic Goo rains on residents of Oakville, Washington
Six times over a 3 week period blob like droplets of
strange gel goo rained/fell on the town of Oakville Washington. Military
testing is conducted in air near the town however the military denies
Residents including police, other credible citizens
became ill with severe flu like symptoms hours within contact from the goo which later from independent labs separate from the US Government
determined the goo to have two types of bacteria and living cells found
in human feces and animals. The clear gelatin goo blob drops killed
pets/animals who came in contact with it during the 3 week period.
It sounds like a bad science fiction movie, but for the little town in
Washington there was nothing entertaining about the scourge that befell
them in 1994.
Six times it rained down from above, leaving dozens of
local residents ill, and several pets and small animals dead. It all
happened in Oakville, Washington, population 665. Here in Oakville,
clouds fill the skies daily, bringing rain some 275 days a year.
when it began pouring on the morning of August 7th, 1994, no one was
particularly concerned - until they realized it wasn't raining rain. It
was raining tiny blobs of gelatinous goo. It came down in torrents,
blanketing 20 square miles, and brought with it something of a plague.
discovered that this blob goo like substance contained human white
blood cells. Another factor which was quite odd was they discovered two
types of bacteria in this substance as well, one of which is found in
the digestive system of a human being. Scientists were unable to
identify exactly what this blob like goo was.
Gobeil (local resident): I got sick, my wife got sick, my daughter got
sick and everybody that lived here got sick.
(local resident): Everybody in the whole town came down with something
like the flu, only it was a really hard flu that lasted from seven weeks
to two or three months.
Robert Stack: The local police were
among the first to report the perplexing precipitation. Officer David
Lacey was on patrol with a civilian friend at 3am when the downpour
David Lacey (police officer): We turned our windshield
wipers on, and it just started smearing to the point where we could
almost not see. We both looked at each other and we said 'gee this isn't
right'. We're out in the middle of nowhere, basically, and where did
this come from?
Mike McDowell (microbiologist, WSDH): It was very
uniform. There was no structure that we could see visibly with a
microscope. I set it up on various microbiological media and attempted
to isolate bacteria.
|Robert Stack: Officer Lacey pulled into a gas
station to de-goo his windshield. As an added precaution, he put on a
pair of latex gloves.
David Lacey (police officer): The substance was very
mushy, almost like if you had jello in your hand. You know, you could
pretty much squish it through your fingers. We knew it wasn't something
we would normally see, because we had never experienced it before. We
had some bells go off in our heads that said that basically 'this isn't
right, this isn't normal.
Robert Stack: Local resident Dotty Hearn was equally
baffled. By the time she stepped outside that morning, the storm had
ended, but the blobs were everywhere.
Dotty Hearn (local resident): It looked like hail,
laying on top of the wood box and everywhere else, so I just went over
and I touched it. It wasn't hail. It was a gelatinous material.
Robert Stack: By mid-afternoon, officer Lacey had
inexplicably taken ill.
David Lacey (police officer): I was to the point
where I could hardly breathe. I started to put together that possibly
whatever the substance was, it had made me violently sick and ill like I
had never been before, to the point where it just totally shut me down.
Robert Stack: Across town, Dotty Hearn wasn't
fairing much better.
Dotty Hearn (local resident): I started feeling
dizzy, and everything started moving around. It got worse, and as it did
I became increasingly nauseated.
Robert Stack: An hour later, Dotty's daughter and
son found her sprawled on the bathroom floor.
Barclift: She was cold, drenched with
perspiration and pale. My mom had been vomiting, had extreme vertigo and
had been complaining that she had extreme difficulty with her vision.
Robert Stack: Dotty would spend the next three days
in the hospital. They diagnosed her with "a severe inner ear infection.
Sunny: For some reason, as we were going out the
door, I remembered the substance, and I wondered if perhaps it might
have had some sort of effect on her. So, I opted at that moment to take a
sample of the gelatinous material to the hospital.
Robert Stack: A lab technician found the first
startling clue. The substance contained human white blood cells, but
exactly what it was could not be determined. The goo was promptly
forwarded to the Washington State Department of Health for further
| Robert Stack began hosting
Unsolved Mysteries in 1987. He thought very highly of the interactive
nature of the show, saying that it created a "symbiotic" relationship
between viewer and program, and that the hotline was a great
Robert Stack: Mike McDowell discovered that the
sample was literally teaming with two species of bacteria, one of which
make its home in the human digestive system.
Sunny: The initial speculation was that it might
have been human waste from an airliner, however that was out, because
under FAA regulations aircraft waste matter is dyed blue. This material
was not blue, but crystal clear in color.
Robert Stack: The blobs rained down over Oakville
six times over a three week period. Dozens of people took ill and many
animals died after coming into contact with the toxic droplets. But the
nature of the substance, and any connection it may have had with the
outbreak, remained a mystery. Dotty took a sample of the material to a private research lab.
Tim Davis (Microbiologist, Amtest Labs): Here we
have sample 128-76. I saw what I think was a eukaryotic cell, which was
basically a cell that has a definable nucleus and is present in most
Robert Stack: Translation? The goo was
alive. How in the world did living matter make its way into the clouds?
It was as mind-boggling as the substance itself. Perhaps inevitably, the
finger of suspicion was pointed directly at the military. The Air Force
denies any knowledge of the substance, or any involvement in creating
or dispersing it. Local residents, however, don't buy it.
Sunny: We had a significant number of military
aircraft flying over the home prior to this happening.
Dotty: Every day almost, there were low flying
helicopters that were black in color. We kind of thought it might have
come from them.
Maurice: They let off things in the air all the time
here. There's testing done all over the place. There are places you
can't go into.
Robert Stack: Translation - germ warfare. However,
it seems unlikely, given the severe international restrictions regarding
experiments with biological weapons in populated areas. At present, it
is impossible to say what this goo was or where it came from.
Unfortunately, all samples of this substance are gone, making further
study impossible. Perhaps the answer will come someday soon, when the
skies open up over another small community, and the blobs once again
fall to earth.
The strange toxic goo was some kind of living matter but how did it make its way into the clouds? Local residents believe the military had something to do with the event.