Meteorites rock North West

03 June 2018 - 14:51 By Kgaugelo Masweneng
File photo of a meteorite.
File photo of a meteorite.
Image: 123rf/ Bjoern Wylezich

At least two meteorites are understood to have fallen in North West on Saturday night.

People claimed on social media to have seen at least two bright fireballs striking the province shortly before 7pm on Saturday.

A local farmer near Ottosdal in North West‚ Barend Swanepoel‚ shared CCTV footage on Facebook of what appeared to be a meteorite hitting the earth at 6:49pm.

At least two meteorites are understood to have fallen in North West on June 2 2018.

According to the Suburban Control Centre, one meteorite fell between Lichtenburg and Mahikeng‚ while the one in the video fell between Hartebeesfontein and Coligny‚ eNCA reported.

Michelle Starke said in a Facebook post: “We saw 2! And one was direction Johannesburg and one was direction Hartebeespoortdam... One towards joburg was seen 18:09 and the one towards harties was seen 18:40. Both looked the same‚ very fast bright and massive.”

Others reported similar sightings on Twitter.

A Johannesburg woman‚ Chiarra Chapiro‚ said she had made a wish on seeing one of the meteorites‚ thinking it was a shooting star.

“My husband and I were on our way to dinner at Chicago’s on Beyers Naude. When I was at the robot‚ I witnessed a huge shooting star‚ brighter than any other that I’ve seen. It was huge. Then a bit of the sky lit up. I thought it crashed and landed somewhere and my husband laughed at me. Now I feel cool that I saw it and he was the one laughing at me. I even made a wish upon that meteorite‚” she said.


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