Publication Date : 09-07-2012
A cluster of meteors hit the earth’s surface yesterday morning in Murshidabad district of India’s West Bengal state.
Administrative officials in Behrampore confirmed that they were first informed by local residents of Jalangi area who reportedly observed the meteor shower.
At around 5:15 a.m., the spectacular event, which lasted a few seconds, was marked by sparks in the sky, said eye-witnesses from the Sarkarpara area of Jalangi.
Meteors hit the ground like bullets, said local observers, who, driven by curiosity, followed the direction of the meteoric spark and found the spot struck by meteors at a jute field near the Indo-Bangla border.
Members of India’s Border Security Forces took control of the site, but later involved the civil administration for better security.
Jalangi Block Development Officer Prasenjit Ghosh visited the spot and filed a report to the district magistrate who has asked for the help of an expert team to examine a chunk of solid rock, around 5 kilogram, found at the spot.
The local police cordoned off the site.