The firemen and the Police in Strasbourg wondered on Monday about the possibility of a meteorite falling, following an intervention on a vehicle in the hood of which they discovered a hole with a diameter of 50 centimeters, reports AFP.
Firefighters were called on Monday morning to intervene in a “smoke emission from a car” stationed in a neighborhood on the outskirts of the city in Alsace.
“Following the recognition of the first team, we suspect that it is about the fall of a stellar body,” writes the Departmental Fire and Rescue Service (SDIS) of Bas-Rhin in the minutes of the intervention, published on Monday at noon.
“Upon our arrival, we found a relatively large impact, with a diameter of about 50 centimeters, which went through the hood, the body and the tank of the vehicle,” fire captain Matthieu Colobert told AFP.
A check determined that there was no radioactivity.
“We didn’t find any objects,” he says.
“Either the object is so small that we couldn’t find it, or the impact was so strong that the object disintegrated and turned into dust,” he hypothesized.
“We do, however, have a hunch about a stone” about two centimeters long found at the site, he said.
This stone was handed over to the police for complementary analyzes in order to establish its nature.
“It is an object the size of a hazelnut that looks like very lightly burned wood,” a police spokesman told AFP.
He announced that the respective object is to be sent to Paris, to a forensic police service.
“Did an object come from space? This is the question. Even a falling ball thrown at high speed can do damage. But it still remains to be proven that it is an object that comes from space”, said the policeman.
Publication date: 20-11-2023 16:17