WEB DESK: Indian scientists have been asked to verify claims that a man died after being hit by meteorite in Tamil Nadu, BBC reported.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram said on Sunday that Kamraj, a bus driver, died after a meteorite fell on a college building.
Scientists however want to conduct further tests before they confirm that the blue rock which fell on him was actually a meteorite.
If confirmed, experts said this would be the first such death in 200 years.
The last a man was killed in India because of meteorite fall was in 1825.
Police chief of Vellore, a city in Tamil Nadu said, that “small stone weighing about 10g was recovered from the spot” at Bharathidasan Engineering College.
Kamraj was working in the campus when the object fell and caused a loud explosion. It left a crater in the ground and blew out glass windows in the adjoining buildings.
The victim received serious injuries and died on his way to the hospital.
The government has announced a financial aid of 100,000 (£1,000;$1,441) for Kamraj’s family.
Meteors are dust-sized particles that burn up as they plummet through Earth’s atmosphere. Meteorites are larger, more durable objects that survive heating in the atmosphere and land on Earth.