Man Could Be First Person In Centuries To Be Killed By Meteorite

A man in India died on Saturday due to a fallen object that could have been a meteorite, officials said.

The object apparently prompted a mysterious explosion that killed a 40-year-old bus driver named Kamaraj, who worked for Bharathidasan Engineering College in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The victim only used one name, which is a common practice for people in the state.

If the object was indeed a meteorite, Kamaraj would be the first person to have been killed by a fallen space rock since 1825, according to The Washington Post.

Some news outlets reported that Kamaraj’s death could be the first recorded human fatality caused by a meteorite, but a list by the International Comet Quarterly notes that a death of this kind happened two centuries ago, in another part of India.

Piece of a meteorite found at a private engineering college in Vellore. One person was dead in the explosion.

— J Sam Daniel Stalin (@jsamdaniel) February 7, 2016

Three other civilians were injured in the blast, which shattered the window panes of buses and buildings and left a giant crater in its wake.

“A mishap occurred yesterday when a meteorite fell in the campus of a private engineering college in Vellore district’s K Pantharappalli village,” the office of the chief minister of Tamil Nadu stated on Sunday.

Windows shattered due to Meteor impact at Naatraampalli, Vellore. Just like russian meteor impact .

— Prashanth (@itisprashanth) February 7, 2016

It’s still unclear whether the object was, in fact, a meteorite. Police recovered debris from the explosion that will be analyzed by a scientist from the Indian Institute of Astrophysics. —> Read More