Encyclopedia > The Mississauga Blob

  Article Content

The Mississauga Blob

The Mississauga Blob is an unexplained flaming reddish-orange cylindrical "blob" that fell on a back-yard picnic table about 5:00 pm on Saturday, June 26, 1979.

While Mississauga, Ontario residents Traven Matchett and his daughter Donna were in their backyard, when a flaming object plummeted onto their picnic table[?], landing with "a sickening thud". The object just missed nineteen-year-old Donna's head. Donna quickly extinguished the flames with the garden hose[?]. At first contact, the glowing, intensely flaming object was measured with its "perfectly" cylindrical column of flames at 18 inches high.

It turned into a flat, dark green rock, 8 inches wide, within little time. In this state, the object had a fibrous, "pock-marked" texture.

Traven Matchett contacted the Pearson International Airport[?] (then Toronto International Airport), the nearby Canadian Armed Forces Base[?], the University of Toronto, and the Ontario Science Centre[?]. All the contact phoned by Mr. Matchett offered no solution. This lack of results lead him to directly decide to contact The Toronto Sun[?]; a story by one of their reporters was published in the next issue on Sunday, June 27, 1979.

This story then caught like wildfire, or in this case, blob-fire, spawning phone calls and visits from media around the GTA[?], and world-wide. "This place was like Grand Central Station…" Mr. Matchett later commented to Dwight Whallen of Pursuit[?] magazine.

With this media attention, the blob finally received the due attention of authorities. The Ontario Ministry of the Environment[?] sent an inspector; Peel Regional Police[?] questioned the family and neighbours on the occurrence. To put an end to the questioning, it was simply dismissed as "common plastic", just a "flaming Frisbee" thrown into their yard. Anomalies collector Charles Fort has called this "a skyfall[?]." This sort of anomaly is paralleled to powdre ser[?], a Welsh term meaning rot of the stars. Whether it was plastic, or a skyfall, or something else that has yet to been discovered remains unknown.

This private residence is located on 789 Melton Drive in Mississauga; the Matchetts are no longer the residents.


All Wikipedia text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License

  Search Encyclopedia

Search over one million articles, find something about almost anything!
  Featured Article
Great River, New York

... 24, 29.0% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45 to 64, and 12.7% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 39 years. For every 100 females there are 104.2 males. For ...

This page was created in 24.4 ms