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Noblesville couple concerned they’re ingesting mystery substance covering home, car

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (WISH) — A mystery has filled the air in one Hamilton County neighborhood. People believe something is falling from the sky, ruining their valuables.

No one seems to know for sure where it’s coming from.

Austin Rickert took News 8 on a quick tour around the outside of his house Monday afternoon. Everything around the house is coated with an odd, sticky, metal flake material. He and his fiancée have tried cleaning this stuff off, and it doesn’t come off.

“Everything we have invested our money in through the summer is being ruined. My truck’s paint job is ruined; her vehicle is ruined,” said Rickert.

Several months ago, they noticed the gritty film developing on everything outside. They have stopped eating out of their garden and most of their time at home is spent indoors.

“Obviously, we want to start a planning to have children and to be totally honest I do not want to bring children into this if they have to breathe that in,” said Rickert.

Rickert bought the truck two years ago. It was the first vehicle he ever bought brand new. He said he’s taken good care of it. But when you run a business card across the hood, it sounds like sand is ground into the paint.

Rickert has called the Noblesville Mayor, IDEM and the EPA. He wants the responsible party or parties stopped and held accountable.

Rickert’s neighbor has the same problem.

“It is some sort of a burn mark, some sort of a rust discoloration but burned into the paint. It doesn’t seem like normal tree sap or pollen or some kind of environmental thing. It is like something burned into it and it wouldn’t go away,” said Adam Jurczak.

According to a statement sent to News 8, the Indiana Department of Environmental has received other complaints.

On Oct. 1, a state air quality inspector tested the air near Rickert’s neighborhood and found no evidence or violations related to dust coming from a nearby facility. However, the inspector did find a record-keeping violation at that same facility.

“The guy I spoke to that works there said they have known about the issue for months now,” said Rickert.

IDEM will continue to monitor the area and look for other issues, the department told News 8.

When submitting a complaint, provide the time of day the dust was observed, which direction the wind was blowing, and any other significant details to help IDEM find the source.


Colder and quiet rest of the week

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A good 20° swing Wednesday morning with temperatures in the lower to mid 20s this morning with feel-like temperatures in the teens. it will be a clear start then brighter heading through the rest of the morning and the afternoon! Sunshine won’t help us out too much in terms of temperatures today. Daytime highs should warm to the upper 30s. Wednesday night will be a cold one with lows in the lower 20s with a partly cloudy sky.

Thursday will be another cold one with highs struggling to reach 30°. It’ll still be a bright one with a mostly to partly sunny sky. A slow warming trend will start Friday with highs warming to the upper 30s with a mixture of sun and clouds.

This weekend will be split with a chance of showers arriving late in the day Sunday. Highs will continue to warm to the mid-40s Saturday with a partly sunny sky. Clouds return Sunday with showers later in the evening and overnight. Rain will continue through Monday. Tuesday looks to be a dry day for now then showers should return by midweek with highs in the mid 40s.