Another enigmatic news story came from Peru this morning: Scores became ill and some animals died after a mysterious “fireball” appeared in Peruvian skies. BBC News Service reports:

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A crater made apparently by a meteorite in Peru

The crater has been spewing fetid gases, reports say

Hundreds of people in Peru have needed treatment after an object from space – said to be a meteorite – plummeted to Earth in a remote area, officials say.

They say the object left a deep crater after crashing down over the weekend near the town of Carancas in the Andes.
People who have visited scene have been complaining of headaches, vomiting and nausea after inhaling gases.
A team of scientists is on its way to the site to collect samples and verify whether it was indeed a meteorite.
“It [the object] is buried in the earth,” local resident Heber Mamani told the BBC.
“That is why we are asking for an analysis because we are worried for our people. They are afraid. A bull is dead and some other animals are already sick,” he said.
The incident began on Saturday night, when people near Carancas in the Puno region, some 1,300km (800 miles) south of Lima, reported seeing a fireball in the sky coming towards them.

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