Plane Dumps Unknown Powder on Monroe County

Here's a close-up view of the powder.
Here's a close-up view of the powder.

MONROE COUNTY -- The Monroe County Sheriff's Department wants to know who was flying and what they dropped when a plane covered several neighborhoods with a white powdery substance Monday evening.

People started reporting the low-flying plane around 8:20pm.  The plane apparently flew over the Bolles Harbor and Avalon Beach areas, dropping the white powder.  Deputies collected a sample, and sent it to the Michigan State Police crime lab for analysis.

We talked to Howard Trombley, who says the top of his daughter's convertible car was down last night.  When she woke up this morning, her seats were covered in the stuff.  "The State Police know about it, and they're getting so many calls, they can't answer them all," said Trombley.  "It's all over, it could be.  You don't know what this is."

The department also notified the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security.  Right now, those agencies don't feel the white powder is a threat.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office is continuing its investigation.  Once the substance is identified, Monroe County residents will be notified.

Count on News 11 to follow this story as it develops.

Posted by AEB