A man in India was likely killed after being struck by a meteorite falling from the sky. If the Indian government can confirm that a meteorite was the cause of death, it will be the first time in nearly 200 years that something like this has been reported. Investigators found a diamond-like rock at the scene, where windows were shattered and a small crater was left behind. Three other people were injured by the meteorite as well.
The chief minister of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalithaa Jayaram, awarded 100,000 rupees to the victim’s family since the bus driver was standing on school property when the meteorite struck. Investigators initially suspected explosives for the death, but no explosives were found on the scene, and a by-stander described a scene that didn’t sound like your typical blast: “It was a sound like nothing I’ve ever heard before,” the witness said said. “There was no smell at all, no fire, nothing.”
Investigators will test the samples found at the scene in order to confirm the death was in fact caused by a meteorite, and if they do, it will be the first confirmed death by meteorite since 1825. Those are pretty good numbers considering how many people live on the planet and how many meteorites pass our way. In the future, we may even get some warning before a meteorite strikes now that scientists have launched a meteor tracking system.