Can a forest fire damage property thousands of miles away? One Ithaca car dealer thinks so

A central New York auto dealer is trying to find out what damaged the paint on about 700 cars and trucks at his Ithaca dealerships.

Phil Maguire of the Maguire Family of Dealerships told the Ithaca Journal that the cost of repairing the damage will range from $300 to $5,000 for each vehicle. The damage looks like dried water spots on the paint.

Maguire suspects something in the air may have caused the damage because vehicles parked inside were not damaged.

Forecasters have not recorded any unusual precipitation in the area recently.

But one expert said air pollution from the large forest fires in Canada's Northwest Territory may be the source of the damage. A weak acid can be created from the chemicals in the air pollution.