Rajasthan’s Sanchore town witnessed a meteorite-like object falling from the sky and making a one-foot deep crater in the earth on Friday morning. According to media reports, the object weighs around 2.78 kg and made an explosion-like sound at the time of hitting the ground with an echo to a radius of at least two kilometres.

After hearing the explosive sound, the inhabitants of Sanchore informed the police and the local administration, only to be left bemused later.

The object was emitting heat when Sub Divisional Magistrate Bhupendra Yadav reached the spot. The officials waited for the object to cool down and then packed it in a jar to take it to the police station.

“We have inspected the site where the object had fallen from the sky with a loud sound. Prima facie, it appears to be a piece of meteorite, which has been seized and kept safe as it shall be sent to the lab for further examination,” one of the officials present at the spot told IANS.

The officials also got the meteorite-like object tested at a local jeweller’s lab in Sanchore. The examination revealed that the object had properties of Germanium, Platinium, Nickel and Iron in it.

The custody of the object will now be transferred to the Geographical Survey of India, whose teams in Ahmedabad and Jaipur have been informed and contacted for a proper examination.

The land of the earth where the object had fallen from the sky has been cordoned off.