Indian Man May Be First Ever Person Killed By Meteorite

Chelyabinsk_meteor_trace_15-02-2013 (1)Tom Percival | UNILAD

An Indian man may have the grisly honour of being the first person to be killed by an object which has fallen from space.

Identified as a meteorite, the rock reportedly left a four-feet deep crater after it fell into the Bharathdasan Engineering College Campus in the state of Tamil Nadu at 12.30 p.m. on Saturday, Mashable reports. 

The impact generated a powerful explosion which injured three gardeners and shattered nearby window panes. Thankfully, the students, who were attending classes at the time, were safe.

Unfortunately, yesterday Tamil Nadu chief minister, J Jayalalithaa, said the impact had caused the death of a man named Kamaraj, who worked as a driver at the College Campus.

Initially, officials investigated the explosion as a possible terror attack, however they were not able to find any explosives.

There has never been a recorded death by meteorite in history and, according to a study by astronomer Alan Harris, the odds of being killed by a meteorite are 1 in 700,000 – which technically means you’re still more likely to get hit by a celestial body than win the UK lottery.

The risk also begins to increase as the size of the meteorite gets bigger. For instance, in 2013, a meteorite hit the Russian city of Chelyabinsk injuring over 1,000 people and damaging buildings.

Stay safe out there, everyone.