A suspicious substance fell from the sky this week in a city in eastern China.
Black rain poured in Hangzhou early Monday morning, much to the alarm of the local populace, reports The Paper.
The meteorological anomaly was the result of an industrial accident. While demolishing a local factory, workers damaged a tank filled with petrol powder, flinging the powder into the air.
Not long after the accident, it started to rain, dumping a mixture of water and petrol powder on the city.
The unnatural rain turned cars, people, clothes and basically anything outside black.
“If you go out, you’ll need to be armed with a gas mask,” one netizen commented. The local environmental protection bureau told people that the mysterious black rain was completely harmless, reports the Shanghaiist.
While the strange rainfall in Hangzhou was an isolated incident, China’s pollution problem is quite severe. The Ministry of Environmental Protection said Monday that smog concentrations in areas around Beijing were noticeably higher in October than they were during the same period last year, Reuters revealed.
Since President-elect Donald Trump, a known climate change skeptic, defeated Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the U.S. presidential election last week, some observers have suggested that China will become the new global climate change leader.
“I am confident China will take a lead role,” Erik Solheim, executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme, told reporters.
China is determined to curb its pollution problem and become a “clean energy superpower” to prevent heat waves, droughts, floods and other costly issues. One million people died from dirty air in China in 2012, according to the World Health Organization.
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