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Blue falls puzzle Wolcott

Wolcott, N.Y. -- Suddenly a vibrant shade of blue, a frozen waterfall is a mystery that has captivated a small town in Wayne County. 

Wolcott Falls Park looked like a tourist spot Thursday, after photos of the blue waterfall started to circulate on social media.

Dozens of people stopped by to take pictures and talk theories about the blue falls.

I think it's very pretty," said Raymond Shippers. "I'd like to know what it is. I like the color blue."

He and his wife, Linda, have lived near the falls for about 60 years and have never seen it look like this.

Its pretty," Linda said. "Whatever is doing it, they should do it more.

While its cool to look at, the color raised concerns for some people.

I think its pretty neat, but at the same time, what is it and is it in our drinking water? asked Jessie Gile.

According to the Department of Environmental Conservation, samples were taken from the falls, and preliminary tests showed it does not look like the color change is anything that could harm the environment or habitat.

The DEC was still waiting on test results to find out what the blue substance is, but believes its some type of dye and this could all just be a colorful prank.

Shippers said that theory doesnt make sense.

I dont think its anything that somebody has dumped in there because theres no tracks there, he said. There has been no tracks in the cemetery.

Another popular theory around town is that its copper sulfate.

The blue, moderately toxic substance is commonly used to kill algae in farm ponds.

Once the DEC determines what this blue stuff is, the department will try to figure out where it came from.

 
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