The mysterious holes that have appeared in the roofs of two Long Island homes may have been caused by frozen waste from airplanes, according to the Daily Mail. The solidified nastiness, which is called “blue ice” by those in the industry, reportedly leaked from aircraft flying overhead. The end result: large, gaping holes in the roofs of at least two New York houses. Not surprisingly, the owners are a little irritated by the occurrence.
Ann Grace and Lois Farella, who own the homes, were baffled as to what, precisely, caused the damage to their homes, contacted the police to report the damage. Roofer Bryan Lanzello, the man hired by Grace to inspect the damage, discovered wet stains near the impact area.
“That’s a lot of blunt force that did that [and it] was coming from a distance. It blew through an inch and a half of shingles and those shingles are tough,” he explained to CBS News. “It’s hard to understand what could have done this. It had to have come from a plane. A bird couldn’t have done it.”
The FAA states that something along these lines happens at least a few times each year. Leaky toilets in airplanes cause the so-called “blue ice” to escape from its container and plummet towards the ground. Sometimes these disgusting blocks of human waste land on homes, much to the dismay of the owners. However, attempting to track down the airline responsible for the damage can be a little troublesome.
The frozen waste collected in airplane toilets even has its own Wikipedia page. The website describes the block of poo as follows:
“Blue ice in the context of aviation is the frozen sewage material dispensed mid-flight from commercial aircraft lavatory waste tanks, a biowaste mixture of human waste and liquid disinfectant that freezes at high altitude. The name comes from the blue color of the disinfectant. Airlines are not allowed to dump their waste tanks in mid-flight, and pilots have no mechanism by which to do so; however, leaks can occur.”
The holes opened by the frozen waste in two Long Island homes could force the owners to fork out thousands of dollars in repair bills.