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UPDATE @ 10:53 p.m.: The National Weather Service confirms with the military that countermeasures / chaff was released south of Indianapolis this evening, which cauSo what was it?
While we are still not 100 percent sure, it appears a military base nearby was testing an anti-missile defense system that uses something called “chaff” or “countermeasures.”
Chaff consists of small fibers that reflect radar signals, and when dispensed in large quantities from aircraft form a type of cloud that temporarily hides the aircraft from radar detection.sed the mysterious “blob” to show up.
originally posted by: Daughter2
aluminum-coated glass is being released in the atmosphere and no one seems to care.........
Well, the government says it's safe so I guess that's good enough for everyone.
The materials in chaff are generally nontoxic except in quantities significantly larger than those any human or animal could reasonably be exposed to from chaff use. Safety risks were found to be extremely low and isolated to specific circumstances that can be avoided or managed. The primary issue is the potential for interference with air traffic control radar, which is managed by requiring units to obtain a frequency clearance from the USAF Frequency Management Center and Headquarters Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) prior to using chaff that could interfere with air traffic control radar. Air quality issues included questions about the potential for chaff to break down into respirable particle sizes and the possibility that hazardous air pollutants may be generated from pyrotechnic impulse cartridges used with some chaff models. 'Ibe results of chaff particulate tests and a screening health risk assessment concluded that these are not significant concerns.
The potential for chaff to affect soil and water is remote. Levels of use and accumulation would have to be extremely high to generate any significant adverse effects. Laboratory tests of chaff, using a modified toxic characteristics leaching procedure, indicated little or no potential for adverse effects on soil. Adverse effects to sensitive aquatic organisms, although unlikely, may be possible in certain small, confined water bodies. These should be addressed on a case-by-case basis in areas proposed for chaff use that include highly sensitive aquatic habitats.