or The Mystery of the Appearance of Stones, Water and Other Objects inside and outside houses.
an article by Dirk Gillabel, July 2015
This article is also available as a PDF document.
Content of this page:
1. A Complex Phenomenon
2. Accounts of Anomalous Showers
3. Characteristics of Anomalous Showers
4. Poltergeist, a Misinterpretation of the Phenomenon
5. A Clue to the Origin or Cause of the Phenomenon
6. Experiments with Dimensional Points
When I was collecting newspaper and other reports of stone showers (sometimes also called throwing of stones, or rain of stones), it became clear that the falling, or apparent throwing of stones, outside or inside houses, were part of a vaster, more complex phenomenon. In every case, people were perplexed, and even after intense investigations in order to try to find the cause of the phenomena, they were not able to find an explanation. Sometimes spiritualists, interested in the strange phenomena accompanying the stone showers, declared that spirits were the cause, although at the same time, they were at a loss to find any spirit, or any motive it might have. Labeling such a case as a poltergeist case does not solve it either.
When you carefully read the original newspaper reports, and the rare well-investigated cases, it is obvious it has nothing to do with ghosts or spirits. The cases are reported as ‘stone throwings’, ‘stone showers’ or ‘poltergeist’, but these are just labels people put on a complex phenomenon. As far as I know nobody has really looked in depth into the many characteristics this phenomenon has, or brought up an explanation, other than that of the ghosts and spirits.
It is not only stones that suddenly manifest and fall down, but also water, money and other objects. The phenomenon has a range of strange happenings. Not all these characteristics show up in every case. Sometimes they don’t get reported unless an investigator or journalists picks up on it and writes it down in his report.
From here on, when I talk about the phenomenon in general (stones, water, money and other objects), I will use the term Shower Phenomenon.
In every case, the shower phenomenon suddenly comes and after a while suddenly stops. It displays effects of a physics that is not found in school books, or is accepted in mainstream science. However these effects have been reported by those who have experimented with technology based on what is called scalar fields, aether physics, or whatever terminology is used to explain a new emerging field of physics. Actually this kind of physics has been around since the days of Nicola Tesla. Theories, mathematics and experiments were going around since the early 1900’s, but were not incorporated in mainstream science. It is said that they were explored by the secret military-corporate establishment for exotic weaponry. Nowadays this physics is being developed by both ‘fringe’ scientists and laymen experimenters.
Terminology is a problem, as there is not yet a commonly accepted terminology for this kind of new science. How do I explain what might be at the bases of the shower phenomenon (and the whole rage of phenomena associated with it)?
The shower phenomenon is often seen as a mystery. Sometimes it is attributed to supposed psychic powers of children. Sometimes it is blamed on supposed ghosts or spirits. A small minority of the cases are label poltergeist. Although they are all the same phenomena, sharing the same characteristics, I have divided the reports I found into sub-chapters, depending on the main focus:
It’s Raining Stones!
Water or Rain Out Of Nowhere
All these original newspapers and magazine reports, and some other sources I have collected about these mysterious showers, can be found in the PDF file of this article. It is well worth reading them, as it gives a more direct view on the phenomenon, often based on multiple witnesses and investigators.)
When I first looked around on the World Wide Web, I found a lot of websites that list a small amounts of the showers often without any reference. They copied it from other websites who copied it from…. Later I found that they contained a lot of mistakes. You really have to go back to the original article, and this was not always easy to find. The famous Charles Fort (1874-1923) wrote a lot about these phenomena, but he summarized them, or quoted a few sentences. He brought awareness to these anomalous phenomena but he didn’t want to investigate it. He left out a lot of details.
It took me a long time to look up all the reports you find in the different chapters. Most of them I found on websites who have historical newspapers digitized and searchable. Their search function is not always adequate because the newspapers are scanned as image files, with accompanying text files, which are the result of electronic ‘translation’ into text characters. This gives a lot of mistakes in the text when he newspaper image file is of poor quality. I am sure that there are more cases buried in these newspaper collections.
In the beginning I thought there were only a small number of these ‘showers’, the ones that are repeated over and over again in books and websites. When I looked up the original reports of these, and looking through the digitized historical newspapers and magazines, I kept on finding more and more. Many cases have never been mentioned anywhere else. Considering that I have limited myself primarily to public domain American and Australian newspapers from before the passing of copyright law (before 1923 in the USA and before 1955 in Australia), the number of anomalous showers over the past two centuries must be far greater than what I have collected. The USA and Australia are only a small fraction of the surface of this planet. I am convinced that the these showers are not a rare event at all. If one happens in your town, it can be called rare, because it probably won’t happen again in your lifetime. But on a global scale, they happen frequently. I think a lot of them don’t even get noticed because they happen outside in the woods or plains where nobody lives. In rare cases stone showers were seen in open fields when farmers were working in those fields.
When you look at one or a couple of anomalous showers, it doesn’t tell you a lot. It all sounds mysterious, superstitious, and the cause is never found. Thus, one leaves it as a mystery and forgets it. At most it was a curiosity.
When I was gathering news report after news report, and some rare reports of investigators who did an in depth observation of a few singular cases, a clear pattern started to emerge. Most cases were not just about a stone shower, or water appearing in a room, but about a variety phenomena. Not all the phenomena were showing up in every case, but those that were showing up, were always of the same kind. Although I have separated the cases into categories depending on their main feature, it is important to understand that they all have the same underlying force fields dynamics .
The following are the characteristics, or phenomena that show up again and again, in spite of the main feature of the event, which can be a stone shower, water appearing, money falls, or other objects manifesting.
Sudden Beginning and End
The phenomenon always starts suddenly and ends suddenly. Sometimes the event is thought to be caused by a person, usually a child, that is said to be psychic. However, if this would have been the case, the phenomenon would happen on a continuous basis throughout their lives. This is never the case. The period between start and end can be a few days, a few weeks, months, and in rare cases a few years.
During this period, the different phenomena happen on and off, seemingly random. Sometimes, they only happen at night. Because they continue to happen over a time period, they are witnessed by many people, neighbors, curiosity seekers, investigators, and often police officers.
The shower phenomenon happens in short bursts. A shower can be followed by another one a couple of minutes or hours later, then nothing for a couple of days, then start again. These showers can pick up in intensity or calm down.
Cause Never Found
In spite of rigorous investigation, often by the police, it is never discovered where the stones, water or objects come from. They do notice that the stones often come from overhead. When outside, they appear to come from a short distance above the ground. When inside a house or a room, they seem to come apparently from the ceiling, but not through it as the ceiling is never damaged. The stones seem to materialize at that point and then fall down, mostly at an angle. Straight vertical falls have been reported too. In one case pebbles were seen to falls inside a tent, without damaging the tent.
The same applies to the appearance of water in rooms. A plumbing leak is never found, the plaster of the ceiling, from which the water usually comes from, is absolutely dry.
Money showers, as strange as it may seem, never reveal any benefactor. One would expect that somebody would do this to gain publicity, but nobody ever comes forward. The amount of money is sometimes really high for the time period.
Dry and Warm
In several cases it was expressively mentioned that the fallen stones were warm and dry. In one case they were wet. In another case it was found they were all free of any dirt.
More Than One Kind of Object
It is mostly showers other materials come with it: earth clumps, dry lime, gravel, a piece of wood, and in one case even buffalo bones.
In some cases stones can be ejected with extreme force, causing a lot of damage to the house, rooms, furniture, windows. However it is often reported that they fall slowly. It can even be so slow, that the witnesses state that they fall much slower than what would be expected under normal gravitational forces, even to the point that they are almost floating Sometimes the stones can be caught before they hit the ground. It seems that the stones, although ejected with some velocity, are still under the influence of (by lack of a better terminology) anti-gravitational forces. Less frequently, a household object is seen to levitate.
Objects moved or flying around
Household objects, like furniture, utensils, dishes etc. are moved (or pushed) around, or are violently thrown about. Some unseen force is interacting with inanimate objects and is able to exert a physical force on these objects. Metal objects are often affected, but wooden object, like furniture, moves around too. In the case of Battersea, England, it was found that the furniture that moved by itself was also found to be heavier than usual, during the actual vibration or movement.
The force that is able to move a heavy wooden chest around must be intense, at least by our present standards. In one case the person tried to stop a swaying furniture but was unable to do this. In the Lithobolia case, a fence gate, at the house, was wrung of the hinges and thrown down.
In the Spooks Throw Stones case, a stone thrown into the fireplace, flew back into the room, twice. In the same case, walnuts with which the children had been playing outside, came flying into the house some ten minutes after the children had gone into the house.
Sometimes the stones show a repulsive effect. The can hit a window pane and rebound, but not break the glass. They can hit a person with some velocity but the person himself hardly feels the touch of the stone. Most often stones fall around a person, extremely close, but never hit that person.
In the case of Grottendieck, the stones, although falling slowly, could not be caught while they were falling: “It seemed to me that they changed their direction in the air as soon as I tried to get hold of them.” This might be an example of the interaction between the energy of certain people and the energy of the phenomenon.
It is not unusual that sounds are heard just before or during a shower, other than the stones hitting something: strange whistling sounds, a ‘gingling’ sound, rustling, snorting and explosive sounds, a humming noise, rumbling noises. Knocks, rappings and thumps are common, singular or repeated.
The energy fields involved transfers kinetic energy to the stones, water or other objects. When the objects emerge they have gained velocity which can be extremely fast and destructive. Sometimes water streams from walls appear in bursts. Interestingly, it is often said that the stones are warm or hot. This would imply that the atoms and molecules of the stones have absorbed kinetic energy on the molecular level, increasing the random microscopic motions of their elemental particles, resulting in heat.
Dematerialization and subsequently materialization of stones, water and other items = teleportation
The complexities of the energy fields present at a shower phenomenon location causes the dematerialization of matter (stones and other objects, and liquids too like water) at one place and then the materialization at another place. At the place of the shower, the people present notice only the materialization, the sudden appearance out of thin air. However in a few cases stones were marked and thrown outside, which subsequently were found back inside the house again. Thus it is obvious that they were teleported from one place to another.
The materialization of objects is well known in spiritualistic circles where it is called an apport. Spiritualists call ‘an apport’ an appearance of an article from an unknown source that is often associated with poltergeist activity or spiritualistic séances. Some Eastern gurus or yogis are also able to make this happen at will. Although these are often seen as pure materializations, they are actually teleportation of objects from other places.
Aside from the main event of stone showers, or water pourings, household items suddenly disappear and appear elsewhere in the house, or even outside in the yard.
Where do the stones, water, money, or other objects other than the household objects actually come from? I think it is possible that thy might comes from a far away place on the Earth. At that distant place, the spin energy of the objects increases, by which their mass effect diminishes. When the mass effect is nullified, the objects are in a high spin state, in a higher ‘dimension’, that is non-local. This non-local property of the higher dimension allows for the transportation of the object from one physical place to another instantly, because space, distance or locality does not exist in this higher dimension than what we are familiar with in our physical dimension. Being instantly present at the primary shower location, the spin energy slows down and the mass effect of the object appears again. This makes the object physical again, what we then observe as materialization out of thin air.
However, I think that all the stones, water and other objects, come from the immediate environment. The energy fields responsible, although very localized, might still be as large as, I am guessing, half a mile in diameter. Within this radius it will dematerialize and materialize, that is teleport, the objects. People will only notice the materialization inside or just outside their houses. The reason why I think the teleportation happens within a limited radius is that in a small number of cases it was verified that the stones came from the immediate environment. This is further strengthened by the fact that household objects disappear and appear within the same house. In the case of money showers, we never see any foreign money come down, it is always the same currency of the region in which it happens. I think this money dematerializes at neighboring houses or buildings.
In a couple of instances, stones were gathered and marked, and placed elsewhere. Soon afterwards they disappeared from the place they were put, and fell down in other locations.
A good example of this can be found in the Lithobolia case. This is a case of repeated stone falls in 1682 in the state of New Hampshire. Mr. Walton gathered several stones, painted several of the stones and hid them away under lock and key in the basement. These painted stones soon disappeared from storage and once again began raining down on the house. A big stone was intentionally put on a table in a room and the door locked. A short while later, a sound was heard and the stone was missing.
A similar account is from the famous Ivan Sanderson, who wrote several books about mysterious phenomena. His account is particularly interesting because the stones dematerialized and materialized within the same area, showing that the objects, or stones can also be transferred through non-local physics within the same area, or within the same vortex, just like in the Lithobolia case. This stone fall happened in Sumatra in 1928: while sitting on the veranda of an estate house as a guest one evening, a shiny black pebble dropped onto the veranda out of nowhere. Dozens more followed. Sanderson, who was familiar with the phenomenon, tried an experiment. He ordered the stones gathered up and marked with chalk, paint or whatever else could be used. They then threw the stones back out randomly into the garden and shrubbery. “We must have thrown over a dozen such marked stones,” Sanderson wrote. “Within a minute they were all back! Nobody, with a powerful flashlight or super-eyesight, could have found those little stones in that tangled mess… and thrown them back on to the veranda. Yet, they came back, all duly marked by us!”
Another example is from the Riko letter, where The Regent of Soehapoera marked the stones and threw them in the nearby river, but the stones appeared again, having the markings still on them.
Locking onto a person
It has been observed more than once, that the falling stones concentrate on a person. Most of the stones will fall around that person. When that person moves outside the house and in the field, the stone shower will happen around that person in the field. When that person moves into another house, the stones will fall in that house. It seems that in some cases the energy fields that causes the phenomenon are able to lock onto the energy field of a particular person. This is not always the case, but it can happen.
When an investigator arrives at the place, and focuses on the phenomenon, primarily in an effort to try to find the origin of the stone throwing (they often suspect another person doing this), then he himself starts to get pelted with stones. When multiple persons come by, the stone shower can intensify.
It seems that when people start to focus their attention on the phenomenon, that the phenomenon starts to interact with the object of focus. This can be a person that is suspected to be psychic, usually teenage girls, or the owner of the property, or an investigator. When a native young child resides in the household, then he/she is usually suspected to attract the phenomenon. As soon as this is suspected, the stone falls intensify. In my opinion, it is not so much the person that is important, but that upon which the attention is placed. The people who became the center of attention never displayed any psychic abilities before or after the period of the stone falls. It was usually spiritually minded people who think that the person concerned was psychic, and then they suggested the whole case was a poltergeist phenomenon. However it was never mentioned that the people suspected of psychic abilities indeed had these abilities. They were just ordinary people.
The phenomenon can strongly interact with human energies. I am thinking here about the so-called aura, or the electromagnetic field that surrounds the human body. Interesting to note is that the children suspected to attract the phenomenon, accept the stone falls it as it is and are not hurt by the falling stones, while adult people, when afraid to be hurt, will be hit by the stones. It seems that the emotions or thoughts/attention plays a key role. It is a kind of a feedback loop.
In other words, once a person(s) starts to resonate with the energy fields of the phenomenon, by, for example, intensifying the showers, or to make it happen around a particular person. The attention or intention can influence what is happening. This idea is further supported by examples of people who marked some of the stones, to see if they would disappear or move, and yes, they did disappear and/or materialize again elsewhere. The expectation makes it happen. Does this sound like quantum physics where the mere observation changes that which is observed?
Experience of coldness
In the Mudgee event, 1997, “deadly chills” would affect Mrs. Large when the stone fell around her: “A cold deathly chill then crept over her, and she had to be taken to the fire, but this did not restore warmth to her system.”
In the Battersea event, where it ‘rained’ different materials, a visiting medium got very cold: “Immediately she entered the house the medium began to complain of extreme cold; and although a fire was soon roaring in the kitchen, she continued to shiver.”
Cold chills is a well known experiences, in houses were ghosts are said to reside, or where paranormal activity happens. It is usually attributed to a telltale sign of some sort of energy that bereaves the body from its warmth, and it can even lower the temperature in a room.
There are also some rare and unique effects reported, that should be mentioned here. Although these are sometimes present in only one case, they do show some other unusual phenomena that are the result of the activity of the strange energy fields present.
Occasionally one can have the feeling there is somebody, invisibly, around, or can even catch a glimpse of a face behind a window or see a man outside, which cannot be found when one goes immediately outside to confront him. From experiments in laboratories, we now know that certain electromagnetic frequencies can elicit these impressions. In cases where this happens, with or without anomalous showers, one is quick to point to ghosts and deceased spirits. When spiritualist come by they label the case a poltergeist phenomenon. In my opinion, the energies involved can interact strongly with human bio-energies, as I have mentioned before. I also think that these energies can also interact with one’s consciousness and create impressions that are interpreted by the brain wrongly, that is, into something that one is familiar with, but that does not reflect what really is present.
Windows can also shatter when no stones are found. This might mean that the stone dematerialized soon after. However it could also be that the glass is resonating with a (sound?) frequency and shatters as a consequence, just like a wine glass will shatter when its resonant frequency is sung.
Sometimes a window shows a very small hole.
A strange effect of a broken window: “…the Window near which I sat at Table was broken in 2 or 3 parts of it inwards, and one of the Stones that broke it flew in, and I took it up at the further end of the Room. The manner is observable; for one of the squares was broken into 9 or 10 small square pieces, as if it had been regularly mark’d out into such even squares by a Workman”.
In one case, plants of Indian corn were uprooted and hay was thrown up into the trees.
In one case someone saw a blue flame associated with the stone falls, possibly pointing to an electrical property of the vortex activity: “The native constable watching the place asserted excitedly after, however, that he saw a pale blue flame travelling along edge of the roof and linger outside the door, this being followed by the knocking.”
In the Mudgee case, the woman of the house “saw some black object come through one angle of the house and go right through the opposite angle”.
Also in the Mudgee case, the horse of the farmer did not want to approach the house and bolted. It is very well known that animals are very aware and often frightened by energies unseen or unfelt by humans, such as is the case in approaching earthquakes.
In folklore and parapsychology, a poltergeist (German for “noisy ghost”) is a type of ghost or other supernatural being supposedly responsible for physical disturbances such as loud noises and objects moved around or destroyed. Most accounts of poltergeists describe movement or levitation of objects, such as furniture and cutlery, or noises such as knocking on doors.
Investigators in poltergeist phenomena have examined many of those features, but usually they are still baffled by it. Not only are spirits of ghosts seldom seen, but the nature of the phenomena is not in accordance to a possible motive by a ghost or spirit. It is assumed that a deceased spirit is angry and is out to make the lives of the living difficult at least by, for example, throwing stones. Aside from the fact that a deceased spirit resides in another realm is cannot pick up a physical stone itself, how is going to acquire the ability to teleport the stones from one place to another? However the motive is the real problem. The stones often fly randomly, and are not aimed at the people in the house, except only in a few instances where people start to focus on a person. Only in a very rare case will the stones hit somebody. It is also common that the stones fall slowly, and sometimes float. The other phenomena, such as sounds, the appearance and disappearance of objects, don’t fit into the supposition that a spirit is responsible.
Although I think that real spirits of decease people can be present at such location, they are not the cause of the phenomenon. In my opinion, people never understood that the Earth sometimes generated strange energy fields that can interact with objects and can be bodily felt. They only acceptable explanation to them is that somebody must be throwing stones, or make appear and disappear household items, etc. And because that somebody is invisible, it must be a spirit.
Those investigators who see such a case as poltergeist, or caused by a spirit, have found to the same characteristics as the ones I listed before, based on all the news and magazine reports. Poltergeist cases:
begin suddenly, run their course, and end abruptly
an adolescent is often thought to be the cause or attraction of the phenomenon
when this person moves out of the house, the phenomenon follows that person
apparitions are extremely rare (with stone throwings I have found only two cases where a mysterious person was seen which immediately disappeared)
the ‘throwing’ of rocks and dirt
small objects are hurled across the room
stones or objects falling or flying around rarely hit people
these stones or objects fall slowly and then crash
fallen object are warm or hot
furniture is overturned
noises of all kinds
appearance of water in rooms
The John Hutchison Effects
John Hutchison, an experimenter in alternative technology, using many surplus Navy and Army electronic equipment, and Tesla coils, is able to create effects that are not explainable by conventional science. He himself does not have a full explanation how it all works, as he is merely interested in creating the effects. He creates different electromagnetic fields in his room, and by their blending, and probably some unknown factors, phenomena happen that we also see with anomalous showers:
Levitation of objects.
Vibration of objects.
The creation of holes in glass. Mirrors breaking.
Objects suddenly fly away. In 1979 when Hutchison started up an array of high-voltage equipment, he felt something hit his shoulder. He threw the piece of metal back to where it seemed to have originated, and it flew up and hit him again. This was how he originally discovered the so-called Hutchison effect. I have found about three cases (with stone showers) where one threw away a stone and it immediately flew back.
Objects disappearing and appearing.
Warping or distortion of metal objects.
The anomalous heating of metals without burning adjacent material. This looks similar to the warm of hot stones reported in stone showers.
Flames coming out of non-flammable materials. I have found one case of stone showers where someone saw a flame traveling along the gutter of a house.
All these effects Hutchison created was done with very low power. For example, he obtained most of the best examples of objects levitating with a maximum power drawn of 1.5 kilowatts, and this from the ordinary power sockets of the house mains. Since basic outlets in the house supply sufficient power to operate his many machines, the power which unleashes all these incredible effects is believed to lie elsewhere, such as where these various fields interplay, since on their own the wavelengths or fields these machines create have never been noted to do this.
More info can be found on The Hutchison Effect website. Also read The Hutchison Effect — An Explanation on the same website.
It is also significant that Hutchison can turn on his equipment and nothing happens, until a couple of days later when things suddenly fly around. It is unpredictable, just as with the stone shower and the like. What this might mean is that when certain electromagnetic fields are created or present at a location, the phenomena only happen when there is sudden surge of an additional energy or field that comes from somewhere else, maybe from the inside of the earth, from waves generated by lightning strikes, or from the cosmos.
Probably, the phenomena happen at locations that are situated over fault lines. Dowsers always have known about energetic upwellings from the earth which cause geomagnetic stress from the geologic fault lines and underground water movement. Underground water movement and the barely perceptible friction of fault lines create stressful electric fields. When during a short period the rock layers underneath that location suddenly move in short bursts, they might send up bursts of intense energy which then reacts with the already present electromagnetic fields present on the surface, and create the anomalous effects we observe with stone showers, water pourings and poltergeist.
Although it is not a regular occurrence, Nature can create an interplay of different electromagnetic and maybe other kinds of energetic fields that together cause the anomalous phenomena. We say these phenomena are anomalous because they do not happen every day, and they do not happen in one single electromagnetic field. However David Hutchison has shown that they can be created artificially. At the moment they still happen seemingly at random. However some researchers are looking into it in order to create them at will, if it hasn’t already been done in the secret military-corporate establishment. It would be very advantageous to be able to levitate and move around heavy weights, to teleport objects and persons, or to alter physical properties of metals by a controlled interplay of electromagnetic fields at low power.
I thought I would mentioned here another interesting experiment I found on the World Wide Web:
On the website Weird Research, Anomalous Physics, I found a webpage called Vortex Point Experiments, written by Fred Epps. He describes an experiment with a electrostatic gradiometer device to find a suitable subordinate point described in the book Seth Speaks by Jane Roberts. A subordinate point is a kind of ‘coordinate points’ said to be points in space-time that are composed of intensified energy. They are “structural intensifications within the unseen fabric of energy that forms all realities and manifestations”. They are all around us, although few are high intensity. The intensity if these points caries with time and other influences.
Some of the very strong points have been known by all cultures throughout the ages. We now call them sacred areas, vortex spots etc. These vortexes act as gateways into other dimensions, back and forth. They also display a lot of ‘anomalies’, that is the laws of physics as we know them do not behave the same as in our every day world. Gravity anomalies are well known, disappearances of people, ships, airplanes… Sometimes the air seems to be vibrating, and solid objects too, especially metal. These vortexes are usually hotspot for UFO activity, as some extraterrestrial beings, who know how to travel interdimensionally, use these vortexes to appear into our physical world.
Let us go back to the experiment of Fred Epps.
He and his friend used the gradiometer to locate a point that might fit the description in the book. It was in the living room of the apartment of his friend. As close to the area of highest deviation from normal as possible, his friend located a 10 cm. high double pyramid based on two Cheops (phi) proportions pyramids placed base to base and with the base aligned to magnetic north. This double pyramid also contained a natural quartz crystal placed vertically along the axis.
Then strange things started to happen, like time anomalies and his hamsters going crazy. What is really interesting to me is the following, because of their similarities with stone showers and the like:
the experience of coldness: “…also once when I entered the room and walked past the spot I felt cold and all my hair stood on end, when I checked with the meter the deflection was the most I had ever gotten.”
teleportation of objects: “Also things have been disappearing and reappearing in the house, during the experiments I did on the pyramids and crystals a roll of tape and one of the crystals went missing. They both later turned up on the table. The tape was the strangest as it fell onto the floor, both T and I heard the thump, and then it was gone– only to be found on the table later? The crystal just went missing. I checked the whole table for it yesterday, there it was in plain view.”
and “Small animals like white rabbits occasionally jump out of the air from the point area, hit the floor with an audible thump, and then disappear.”