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Colombian authorities confirmed that a "giant fireball" that fell from the sky in the Santander department, central Colombia, was a meteorite.

The Colombian media has been buzzing with eye witness accounts of the fireball, which caused a massive explosion at 3:15PM local time Sunday.

Andina.com reported that Bucaramanga Mayor Fernando Vargas confirmed that the phenomenon was a meteorite that left a crater 100 meters in diameter when it crashed into the earth in the San Joaquin municipality in Santander.

Colombian air force helicopters were commissioned to fly over the area to try to locate the source of the explosion.

The director of the University of Nariño's Astronomic Observatory, Alberto Quijano, told RCN Radio Sunday that he believed the object was a meteorite.

In rural areas of Santander, police received reports that the explosion had shattered windows in the area.

source with photo: http://colombiareports.com/colombia-news/news/11683-giant-fire-ball-falls-from-the-sky-in-central-colombia.html

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Isn't that something and you just never know where one will land. Many falls simply went unnoticed until the population of the planet grew so much. Like most tornadoes missed people and homes before we spread out so much across the country. a 100 meter crater in Phoenix on day perhaps? :tisk-tisk:

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Material thought to be fragments from a meteorite which crashed to earth in Colombia's Santander department is mostly cement and common rocks, according to scientists.

The head of the Sergio Arboleda's Astromonical Observatory, Raul Joya, said that he reached this conclusion after analysing the fragments for two days.

A team, including representatives from the Colombian Space Commission, the Santander Industrial University, and the Sergio Arboleda University, will go to the site next week to search for more possible remnants.

The team will aim to find out "what type of meteorite exploded," according to Joya.

There has been speculation in the Colombian media over a "giant fireball" seen in the skies over Santander on Sunday at 3:15PM. Some say it was a meteorite, while others suggest that it was a piece of a Russian satellite that fell to earth.

:hmmmmm:

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