Pennies From Heaven? Inorganic Materials Falling From the Sky

Throughout the years, there have been plenty of documentation regarding all sorts of things falling from the sky. This kind of phenomena produces many theories, but since the material originates from way up above, nothing is conclusive. More often than not, these falling objects appear during a strong storm, but there have been falls that have occurred during clear skies.


When trying to explain what caused such phenomena, some believed that it was rain that created these objects from substances, such as dust, mud and other living things that were scattered on the ground. This led some to believe that the appearance of various animals and other inorganic matters were a direct result of rainfall. Another belief dealt with tornados and whirlwinds. Others felt that these forces of nature were able to pick up objects and deliver them to various locations, stating that these so-called unexplainable falls were nothing to get worked up over. 


But many did not buy this wholeheartedly. It is quite believable that a tornado could move materials and objects from one place to another, but to be the sole culprit behind every single rainfall of inorganic matter was hard to swallow. Some of these storms were seen as quite selective, picking up only one certain type of object and excluding other materials in the vicinity. How is this? Another concern was the amount of material that fell from the sky. It is hard to ignore some of the volume of material that would be deposited from above. One of the hardest factors to ignore is how long a shower of these objects can last. There are reports of objects falling for hours, where the material appears at a steady rate, covering a large area of land.


When materials falls from the sky, it is either categorized as an organic or inorganic fall. One case involving stones or nonmeteoritic rocks occurred in 1858, where reports surfaced in Birmingham, England, where a sizeable quantity of small black stones fell from the sky. Another similar report was made in 1860 in Wolverhampton, England. Both of these cases occurred during a strong storm.


Other cases involving stones include:


Chico, California, where pea-sized and baseball-sized stones and rocks were hitting a warehouse from the sky throughout the period of one day. Other areas received a downpour of rocks and stones throughout the span of one month.


Oakland, California (1943): This area experienced stones falling from the sky.


South Carolina (1886): Showers of stones fell from the sky. Witnesses claimed that they felt warm in their hands.


Tucson, Arizona (1983): Lasting four months, the residents in the area experienced a similar occurrence.


There have been plenty of objects that have fallen from the sky. A 1982 case in Manchester England was documented involving the falling of coins from the sky. Many children in the area claimed that 50-pence coins fell from above. What eliminated hypothesis that birds dropped them from the sky or jokesters hurled them from a tall building, was the impression that some of the coins made in the ground, suggesting that they originated from a considerable height.