The first recorded human death from a meteorite?


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Officials in India are reporting what could be the first recorded death of a human by meteorite impact.

According to local reports, a bus driver was killed on Saturday when a meteorite landed in the area where he was walking, damaging the window panes of nearby buses and buildings. Three other people were injured.

The story is not yet confirmed, and could easily be proven wrong.

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3 comments

  • Tom Billings

    Remember that, as Dr. John Lewis has noted in “The Rain of Iron and Ice”, there are several mentions of whole towns being obliterated by meteoritic falls, in the Spring and Autumn Annals compilations of the Chinese Empires, but these observers were dismissed, because they were not scientists post-1600.

  • CraterMaker

    Obviously false. 10 days earlier a meteor was seen right there, and made an astronomer go there to look for meteorites. Conveniently available nearby this first-off event.

    The military says that it was not a stray grenade shell, which I take as a confirmation of the fact that it was a military grenade shell. Two meteorites don’t hit the same village in India two weeks apart. It’s a local psycho-UFO hysteria, and stoopid media loves to copy it.
    http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/one-dies-as-meteorite-falls-in-vellore/article8204671.ece

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