Indian man may be first recorded death by meteorite

According to a private engineering college in India, a meteorite fell on its campus on Saturday, killing one of its drivers. Bharathidasan Engineering College is situated in the Vellore region of Tamil Nadu, an area of Southern India home to more than 70 million people.

If verified by scientists, it will the first recorded fatality caused by a meteorite anywhere in the world.

Chief minister of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalithaa, issued a statement confirming the death: “A mishap occurred yesterday when a meteorite fell in the campus of a private engineering college in Vellore district’s K Pantharappalli village.” The chief minister also announced a relief of Rs 100,000 to his family and Rs 25,000 to three other people injured.

The explosion left a crater in the ground and shattered window panes of buses and the building. Authorities claim to have recovered a part of the meteorite, and released this image purported to be the fragment:

Kamaraj, a bus driver employed by the college, died as a result of an explosion heard near a water tank. Kamaraj, who was walking past the building, suffered serious injuries and died.

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