Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Man Killed By Space Object in Vellore, India

A meteorite kills a bus driver in Vellore, India 

Investigator digs in a crater left by the space object
A mysterious explosion at the Bharathidasan Engineering College in Vellore, a city in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu left one dead and three injured. According to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, the cause of the explosion was determined to be a meteorite.
A meteorite is a piece of a comet or asteroid that makes it to Earth’s surface.
Object recovered in crater in Vellore, India
In a statement, she added: “A mishap occurred yesterday when a meteorite fell in the campus of a private engineering college in Vellore district’s K Pantharappalli village.”
A bus driver who was walking in the area was struck by the meteorite and killed. The victim, named only as Kamaraj was reportedly thrown 10 feet into the air by the impact, and declared dead once he was transferred to hospital.
Saturday’s blast also injured three people. It also created a crater and shattered windowpanes of nearby buses and buildings. Eyewitnesses claimed to have seen a flying object falling down and striking the campus at around Saturday noon.
The police first suspected the explosion to be caused by a man made bomb however later it was confirmed as a meteorite.
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