Meteorite Kills Man: Police First Suspected Bombing Killed Indian Bus Driver
- by: Alan Duke
- (Mon, 08 Feb 2016 18:02:48 Z)
A bus driver was killed when a meteor landed on a college campus in Vellore, India, Saturday, Indian officials confirmed Monday. The explosion also injured three others and shattered windows in several buses.
It was initially thought to be a bomb blast that rocked Bharathidasan Engineering College and gouged a small crater in the ground, but investigators have found fragments of the celestial object leading the conclusion it was a meteorite that killed the 40-year-old man.
Witnesses said the man was drinking water from a tank in the garden when explosion happened. He fell to the ground bleeding and died on the way to a hospital.
"A mishap occurred yesterday when a meteorite fell in the campus of a private engineering college in Vellore district's K Pantharappalli village," Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa said in a written statement.
Fragments of the meteorite were recovered from his body.
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