15kg meteorite falls from the sky into paddy field in Madhubani

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New Delhi, July 24: A meteorite-like object weighing around 15kg fell from the sky, in a paddy field at a village in Madhubani district where farmers were working. It left a crater at the place where it crashed.The incident took place around 2:30 PM on Monday."Agriculture labourers working the paddy field where the meteorite struck claimed that they saw a fireball-like object coming down from the sky and made a deep crater where it hit the ground. The farmers also saw smoke coming out from the spot in the water-filled agriculture field,” Madhubani DM Shirsat Kapil Ashok was quoted as saying to TOI.The stone-like object has magnetic properties and has been kept secure in the treasury office at the Madhubani collectorate.“I have written a letter to the principal secretary of the science and technology department along with a copy to the principal secretary of state art, culture and youth affairs department,” Shirsat told TOI.While the sample was sent to Patna on Tuesday evening.

“The science and technology department will take a decision regarding further action. The object might be sent to space research organisations like ISRO or any museum,” Shirsat was quoted as saying.

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