Mystery Dust Covers Glendora Neighborhoods

What could be the source of a film of dust covering neighborhoods in Glendora?

Glendora residents awoke to an usual sight Wednesday morning – a layer of dust caked onto numerous cars, driveways and sidewalks.

Residents in various parts of Glendora, including Westridge Avenue, Mauna Loa, and N. Glendora Avenue reported the mystery ash.

The sight of the mystery dust blanketing cars and driveways of entire streets confused even longtime residents of Glendora.

Glendora Public Works received several reports from residents complaining about the dust, although city officials did not have an immediate explanation.

Director Dave Davies said South Coast Air Quality Management District is looking into the case.

Strong Santa Ana winds descended upon parts of Los Angeles County Wednesday morning, although the full force of the winds had little impact on the San Gabriel Valley, said Weather Specialist Bonnie Bartling.

Bartling said it was possible the mountain winds – peaking at 70 mph in some areas – may have pushed dust into the foothill region of the San Gabriel Valley, especially in areas where brush fires are common. However, AQMD has yet to confirm heavy winds as the source.

Did you find a layer of heavy dust in your neighborhood? What do you think could be the source of the mystery ash?

MellowMaverick January 03, 2013 at 04:52 AM
I'm fascinated that a little dust has garnered this much interest and response. We really DO live in Mayberry! :)
Terry January 03, 2013 at 05:30 AM
It's dust from GMR. Let's close that road already.
Valerie January 03, 2013 at 05:46 AM
I also smelled the smoke last night
Amber Lynn January 03, 2013 at 06:42 AM
Amber Lynn January 03, 2013 at 06:43 AM
Can you please elaborate? I have never heard of Black Rock. What is it?
Amber Lynn January 03, 2013 at 06:49 AM
I live and work in Glendora. There were no winds last night. When I went to my car this morning, it was covered in fine brown dirt. It didn't blow off the car easily either. People at work were complaining of a sore throat and I had irritation where my nose meets my throat. I don't think people should take this lightly. If someone has been careless, such as a construction company or whatever, they need to be straightened out and quick. The air quality is already horrible in Southern California and I really don't want to get sick or worse. Who knows what is in that so called dust. Could have all kinds of things that are harmful to us. Thank you Glendora Patch for reporting this!! You guys make me want to get involved in Journalism.
Zack Swire January 03, 2013 at 08:11 AM
Funny thread! I saw it at E. Comstock near Finkbiner Park. Figured my awful allergies today were also related.
quintin January 03, 2013 at 10:33 AM
Something hit the mountain that kicked up rock and ash common sense something hit the mountain in the night
Ben Hosed January 03, 2013 at 04:26 PM
Really people? Does anybody not remember the big fire up off if GMR this summer? There are hundreds of acres of barren, unprotected hillside up there. We had Santa Ana Winds which carried the dirt and dust from the mountains to the valley below. Mystery solved.
8644 January 03, 2013 at 05:27 PM
You must be a brain surgeon...
Sandra January 03, 2013 at 07:20 PM
I live in Azusa,ca and yes when I walked out to my car early morning. I did notice a layer of dirt. Really strange. And my car is usually clean. Weird.
christopher January 03, 2013 at 07:50 PM
Could be the dirt area near the railroad tracks up near the post office
Paula Hansen January 03, 2013 at 08:25 PM
We live in Covina, and our pool was "dusted" -- as we discovered yesterday. However, we have been using our fireplace almost nightly, for about two weeks, and figured it was just fallout from our (and neighboring) fireplace fires.
scott January 03, 2013 at 08:28 PM
Lori January 03, 2013 at 09:11 PM
A resident of Palm Dr, Glendora took his dog out a midnight and noted that there was no wind, but the air was thick with haze that looked like smoke from a fire. He had limited visibility across his yard. There was not flying leaves or debris, it was like something settling down. We live off of Glendora Ave and our cars were covered in a light colored sand, but had a glistening effect to it - a gold-ish sheen.
Lori January 03, 2013 at 09:13 PM
We're collecting samples ;-)
bob hope January 03, 2013 at 09:18 PM
Hmm!.. makes me wonder? And black rock yeah right! Very very strange!
AB January 03, 2013 at 09:19 PM
I know we're searching for some sort of commonality in human experience here, but dust... really? How about next time we let a report about the homeless or hungry or unemployed in Glendora generate 40 comments?
AB January 03, 2013 at 09:22 PM
So sad and true.
Cpt. Jck. January 03, 2013 at 09:53 PM
i was playing monopoly last night with my son and wife. afterward i went outside to let the dogs in. the weather was nice and cool. i didnt notice any dust but there were leaves everywhere. has anyone seen my gardner?
Debbie Hughes January 03, 2013 at 09:57 PM
For the negative responders, yes it would be nice to know what what the dust is that is covering our community. AB the homeless you want discussed were breathing the air carrying this dust and it should be of concern. No winds, no fires, reason unknow let's be concerned. Im on the San Dimas Border and it landed here. That is an awfully wide spead area reported to have this unknown grit land on us. You bet we need to be concerned.
MellowMaverick January 03, 2013 at 10:28 PM
I'm with you AB!
Bruce Knoles January 04, 2013 at 12:35 AM
We have "mystery" dust here in Azusa as well, only it's not much of a mystery.
Dorie Davis January 04, 2013 at 01:22 AM
We live in this area, and have NOT noticed anything different. Are "WE" sure that this is not just a SCARE TACTIC to generate something to POST?
scott January 04, 2013 at 01:35 AM
Where DID I put that Tinfoil hat? LOL ;-)
Dorie Davis January 04, 2013 at 01:47 AM
Might be with Todo and Dorothy (and the scarecrow) YA THINK?
Julie Pielaat January 04, 2013 at 02:47 AM
Yup, we had it too on Glendora/Virgina. It was more than just dust; sooty and sandy. Julie
AB January 04, 2013 at 10:38 PM
Debbie Hughes, You mistake my incredulity for negativity. Also, the update report is in. It was dust and wind.
Suzi January 18, 2013 at 04:31 AM
Appeared again this morning at our home in Glendora, January 17, 2013 and we had no wind last night or early this morning. So where is it coming from.
Sheila Aliens February 22, 2013 at 01:16 AM
I'm commenting on behalf of a researcher in Japan who would like a sample of this dust you all have been finding. Packaging and postage expenses would be covered, or a third party could pick up the sample from you in person if you are ok with that. The sample will be sent to be independently analyzed and you will be notified of the results of the test. If any of you have a sample you can spare, please contact drtanuki@yahoo.com


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