For the First Time in Recorded History, Someone Was Killed by a Meteorite
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"The world's longest odds came into play for a Mr. V. Kamaraj on Saturday as he crossed the campus of Bharathidasan Engineering College in Tamil Nadu, India, and became the first person in recorded history to have been killed by a meteorite. The stone essentially exploded as it fell, shattering the glass in cars and windows and severely injuring Kamaraj, who later died."
I'm sort of surprised it hasn't happened at least once before.
I know, right? Earth has vastly more unpopulated regions than we would initially believe I guess.
I'm guessing it is the "recorded" part that's key - there might be other times, but it wasn't recorded, or it was called something else.
I heard them talking on the radio about this on the way home. They interviewed an expert and he said there are a number of documented cases of people being injured by meteorites. However, I didn't hear the part where this is supposed to be the first time in recorded history that someone was killed by one.
It sounds like they're still investigating if it was a meteorite:
NASA thinks it probably wasn't a meteorite:
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