BBC News item

From: Tim Collins via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2016 12:14:26 -0000
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-37946718

 

A large metal object has fallen from the sky into a jade mining area in
north Myanmar, state media said.

The cylindrical object, found on Thursday in Kachin state, is 4.5m (15ft)
long and 1.2m wide.

Another piece of metal with Chinese writing on it tore through the roof of a
nearby house at about the same time, but no injuries were reported.

It is thought it might be related to the launch of a Chinese satellite the
same day.

A loud bang, then smoke

Local residents reported hearing a loud bang before the object landed.

Officials from the local Defence Service said it bounced 150ft (50m) and
landed in a muddy area of the mine, according to the Global New Light of
Myanmar newspaper.

"We were all afraid of that explosion," villager Ko Maung Myo told the
Myanmar Times. "Initially, we thought it was a battle. The explosion made
our houses shake. We saw the smoke from our village."

He said that the air near the object smelled acrid.

"The metal objects are assumed to be part of a satellite or the engine parts
of a plane or missile," Global New Light reported.

But, the paper said, it "could not be confirmed whether the launch of the
[Chinese] satellite and the metal objects found in Kachin State were
related".

The Kachin state government said it was unable to immediately identify the
object.

 

 

Tim Collins

UK

 

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