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Original Date: Fri, 2 Mar 2001 11:35:13 +0100 (CET)
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'Meteorite' is only an electrical short circuit
A meteorite thought to have crashed in Yorkshire is actually only an
underground electrical fire, say reports.
The one-metre-deep charred hole was left by nothing more than a short
circuit, according to the York Evening Press.
Dr Phil Manning, a geologist from the Yorkshire Museum, had initially
been excited by the smouldering remains, but has now admitted his
The Evening Press says Dr Manning pulled burnt wire from the hole
and revealed it was an electrical fire.
He said: "Instead of a meteorite this was a meteor-wrong. The
electricity people have seen this before, but I thought it looked like
something had hit the ground, and the Army and police believed that as
"It's not a total waste of time. I've learnt a lot at the end of the
day, and I can write it up for other meteor hunters to watch out for."
A dog walker has told how she first discovered the hole near York. She
said she heard an explosion and a rush of air.
When he first arrived at the scene, Dr Manning said: "You can see
where it's come down and broken the branches of trees. Its about 25
centimetres across and it goes down at least a metre. I'm looking
forward to seeing what's at the bottom of it. If it is a meteorite -
for this to happen in my lifetime ... it's very exciting.
The Evening Press says residents in a nearby street were without
electricity for two hours while the fault was corrected.
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