Mystery object melted in my pool

LANCE Rushby initially thought something from outer space had paid him a visit at his Boambee Valley home.

The retired businessman, 78, went to his backyard to clean his pool on Saturday when he noticed a large blister on the pool bottom.

"The next moment, I saw a little black ball. It must have had soot on it because I couldn’t get it out with my scoop," Lance said.

"I eventually managed to get it out with a metal pole."

Lance said on closer inspection, the mysterious object was a couple of centimetres in diameter, grey-speckled in appearance, and heavy.

Lance contacted an observatory to get to the bottom of the mystery, and he also sought the help of university experts at the Coffs Harbour Education Campus. The university, he said, had since told him the object was made of lead.

They also don’t believe it caused the bottom of his pool to blister – they’ve put this down to possible subsidence.

"I still don’t know where it came from," Lance said.


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