'Dirty rain' a result of ATK rocket motor test

Sep 1 2010 - 12:25am

A few weeks ago, Alliant Techsystems sent out 800 invitations to an open house for those living near where its newest rocket motor would be tested.

Nobody showed up, said Trina Patterson, ATK director of media relations.

Following ATK's test Tuesday, there was some concern from Thatcher residents as to why there was some sort of "dirty rain," as one caller to the Standard-Examiner said, on their homes and vehicles.

The answer is simple.

"It's pretty routine," Patterson said.

"Dirt and exhaust get caught up in the air. We monitor it and go and clean up if it gets on anybody's property."

A caller reported that Thiokol representatives were in Thatcher, cleaning the debris off homes and churches.

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