Mystery Surrounds Blue Snow in Russia
Authorities in Russia have been attempting to determine what has been giving the snow its peculiar color.
Residents of St Petersburg were left perplexed this week after waking up to find that the snow in their gardens was far from the pristine white typically associated with the festive season.
The disconcerting blue tinge was reported across the city, prompting an investigation by local authorities who have since taken samples of the snow to send away for laboratory testing.
The matter has generated concern among locals due to the possibility of toxic contamination.
“We cannot guess what has happened and why snow is blue without laboratory results,” said Gulnara Gudulova of Rosprirodnadzor (The Federal Service for Supervision of Use of Natural Resources).
“We have sent the snow to laboratories to check it for toxicity and metals.”