Bizarre blue snow sends ‘reds’ running for cover as ‘toxic weather’ hits Russia

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BLUE snow has fallen on the Russian city of St Petersburg – sparking health fears among terrified locals.

Thousands reported the bizarre weather phenomenon on social media with most worrying it could be contaminated with toxins.

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The freak snow fell on districts in St Petersburg[/caption]

Russia’s environmental monitoring agency officials has now taken away samples to examine the snow.

The officials said most of the drifts had a light blue colour, but quite a few were even violet.

Some believe the snow is a result of the demolition of the city’s chemical-pharmaceutical research institute.

According to local media, experts said the colours could have been caused by cobalt, a metallic element, or methylene blue, a substance used in medical treatments.

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Scientists have now taken samples to examine the snow[/caption]

Central European News

Most of the snow had a light blue colour, but some was even violet[/caption]

Samples were taken to a laboratory for analysis and an investigation into the incident has been launched.

In February 2015, blue snow also occurred in the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, some 1,500 miles to the east of St Petersburg.

An investigation was carried out which revealed that the blue colour was due to food colouring used in Easter eggs.

The dye had got into the ventilation system of a factory and been spread all over the area.

It is not clear yet exactly why the latest blue snow has fallen.

But after an average of one centimetre fell, citizens have been simply shovelling the phenomenon out of the way to go about their daily lives.

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