Port Elizabeth – The Kouga municipality in the Eastern Cape is investigating rumours that a meteorite struck near the Patensie area on Sunday night.
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A News24 user and several others described seeing flashes across the sky, as well as a loud explosion.
“We have heard the same rumour and our emergency services are going out this morning to go and check it out,” municipal spokesperson Laura-Leigh Randall told News24 on Monday morning.
“The fire department did not get any calls on it.”
Francois Greyling, a Democratic Alliance councillor in the Despatch area, who lives relatively near to Patensie, also heard an explosion.
“I studied in Potchefstroom where the army did bombing practice which had a distinct thumping sound. I was watching a movie with the kids and the wife, when I heard what sounded like a bomb going off.
“It immediately reminded me of that thumping sound,” he said.
Greyling said he “though nothing of it” until he saw people talking on social media about a possible meteorite strike in the area.
A News24 user said on Sunday night: “Massive explosion… a series of ‘several lightning flashes’ were observed in Paradise Beach [Jeffreys Bay] in a westerly direction at 21:00 on 8th Nov followed by about approximately 3 minutes later the sound of a massive explosion as though a bomb had gone off.”
JBay News tweeted at Nasa, asking, “Is it true that a meteorite landed in Patensie South Africa on 8th November?”
@NASA is it true a meteorite landed in Patensie, South Africa on 8 November?
— JBay News (@JBayNews1) November 9, 2015
Local lawyer Hannes Latsky tweeted: “News just in. The loud explosion sound we heard [in] #Jbay was in fact a meteorite impact. There has been [a] meteorite strike in Patensie area.”
News just in. The loud explosion sound we heard #Jbay was in fact a meteorite impact. There has been meteorite strike in Patensie area. ??
— Hannes Latsky (@HannesLatsky) November 9, 2015
@PoppyIsMyName meteorite, crashed in Patensie last night, Eastern Cape.
— Eddie Rautenbach (@CrazySuperEddie) November 9, 2015