Search on for suspected Eastern Cape meteorite

November 10, 2015, 5:22am


Farmers and interested citizens are combing through a wide-spread area at Cambria in the Baviaanskloof for leads to where this apparent meteorite has landed. Farmers and interested citizens are combing through a wide-spread area at Cambria in the Baviaanskloof for leads to where this apparent meteorite has landed. Photo: www.baviaanskloof.net 

By SABC

Mystery surrounds the location of a suspected meteorite that was seen in the sky over the Gamtoos Valley in the Eastern Cape on Sunday night. Eye witnesses say a bright light was seen in the sky, followed by a big bang.

Andre Bothma was in Patensie, visiting their daughter when they noticed the sighting. "We just saw this amazing bright light coming at an enormous speed across the sky. It felt like it was a couple of kilometres from us. It was an enormous flame and it moved at an exceptional speed. As it disintegrated you could see the sparks fly off and actually hear the sound. Before it disappeared it had a very bright splash and then disappeared, and the next moment we just heard this big bang. It sounded like a big thunder bash."

Farmers and interested citizens are combing through a wide-spread area at Cambria in the Baviaanskloof for leads to where this apparent meteorite has landed. But the area is mostly inaccessible making the search difficult.

Spokesperson for the Kouga municipality, Mfundo Sobele, says their disaster management team is also trying to establish the possible location. "We are currently asking residents, who say they saw some lighting and they heard a big bang. One of them is saying their house shook a bit. We are trying to establish the location. We haven't found it yet, but we are looking for it."