Yellow Icicles And Snow Mystery Solved

11:48 PM, Jan 27, 2011   |    comments
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BUFFALO, NY - It's a mystery that has baffled some homeowners from Amherst all the way down to Lackawanna. Yellow icicles hanging from their homes.

Some believe passing planes are too blame, but the Erie County Health Department believes differently.

2 On Your Side cameras were there as Lackawanna Code Enforcement officers checked out Chris Giglio's property, and that of his neighbors.

The yellow icicles are similar to the ones that showed up last week in the Washington Highway-area in Amherst.

Giglio says this problem is coming from the skies above.

"I think it would come from a plane. It's the only thing that I can come up with that would discharge this much at one time to be able to cover this much area."

But the Erie County Health Department's Scott Zimmerman (DrPH, MPH) says it may be mother nature.

"We have found large flocks of starlings in the area through our visual observations, and otherwise we have noted that the droppings where the starling are flocking."

As for the yellow icicles and snow, Dr. Zimmerman says that's caused by water mixing with rotting leaves and even wood. That's also the cause of the strong odor in the air.

The Erie County Health Department also says there is no health risk whatsoever.

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