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NEWS: 10 Pound Meteorite Hits Cambodia

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posted on Jan, 26 2005 @ 01:44 PM
A 4.5 kg (10 lb) meteorite landed in a former Khmer Rouge zone of northwest Cambodia Monday. It started fires destroying several hundred hectares of rice fields. It also prompted prayers from villagers who saw it as a divine omen of peace. There were no injuries reported.

The black lump of celestial rock sent villagers scurrying for cover when it thumped into the ground in the war-scarred southeast Asian nation on Monday morning.

Pictures of the meteorite were splashed across newspapers in the capital, but the item itself has been carried away by police pending scientific analysis.

"Some farmers are angry with the rock because it caused fires and destroyed several hundred hectares of their paddy fields," said Sok Sareth, police chief of Banteay Meanchey province, around 200 miles northwest of the capital, Phnom Penh.

"But others asked the police to leave it where it landed and put it on shrine to pray for peace," he told Reuters on Wednesday.

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This had to be scary, in a day and age such as we live in, people probably didn't know if it was a bomb or some other kind of attack... I'm glad no one was hurt.

[edit on 26-1-2005 by Banshee]

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