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Post by Al Degutis on Jan 31, 2005 15:11:49 GMT -6
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (Reuters) -- A 4.5 kg (10 lb) meteorite which landed in a former Khmer Rouge zone of northwest Cambodia started fires across rice fields and prayers from villagers who saw it as a divine omen of peace.
"Some farmers are angry with the rock because it caused fires and destroyed several hundred hectares of their paddy fields," said Sok Sareth, police chief of Banteay Meanchey province, around 200 miles northwest of the capital, Phnom Penh.
"But others asked the police to leave it where it landed and put it on shrine to pray for peace," he told Reuters on Wednesday.
The black lump of celestial rock sent villagers scurrying for cover when it thumped into the ground in the war-scarred southeast Asian nation on Monday morning.
"It made a noise like a bomb exploding," Sok Sareth said. "It's a good thing it didn't land in the village or people could have been killed."
:oA meteroite was arrested for disorderly conduct, making loud noises at night and setting fires! Cambodian Police crack down on roudy meteorites with jail terms, large fines and severe scolding! Sok Sareth is shown scolding a wiley meterite that went on a rampage back on Jan. 26, 2005. The meteorite replied with nothing more than a blank stare!
>:(Says Sok Sareth, police chief of Banteay Meanchey: These meteorites show no remorse. They are cold hard criminals that don't listen to authority. They do whatever they want showing diregard for people who are sleeping. see link for details