Europe 1 with AFP Credits: SDIS 67 18:00 p.m., November 20, 2023

On Monday morning, a vehicle was found with a large hole in the roof with a hole in it. An investigation is underway to try to determine the cause of this incident. For the Bas-Rhin firefighters, the most likely explanation would be that a "stellar object" fell on the car.

Firefighters and police in Strasbourg are questioning the possibility of a meteorite fall on Monday after an intervention on a vehicle with a 50-centimetre diameter hole in the roof. Firefighters had been called at the beginning of the morning to intervene on a "smoke release on a car" parked in a peripheral district of the Alsatian city. "Following the reconnaissance of the first team, we suspect the fall of a stellar body," wrote the Bas-Rhin SDIS in its intervention report published at midday.

"When we arrived, we noticed a relatively large impact, with a diameter of about 50 centimeters, which went through the roof, the underbody and the fuel tank of the vehicle," fire captain Matthieu Colobert told AFP. Research has concluded that there is no radioactivity. "We didn't find any objects," he said. "Either the object was so small that it cannot be found, or the impact was such that the object disintegrated and turned to dust," he speculated.

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"We still have a suspicion about a gravel" about two centimeters wide found at the scene, he said. The gravel was handed over to the police for further analysis to determine its nature. "It's an object the size of a hazelnut, which looks like burnt wood, very light," a police spokesman told AFP. He announced that the object would be sent to Paris to a forensic department.

"Did an object come from outer space, that's the whole question," the policeman said at length. "Even a ball thrown at very high speed downhill can do damage. But we still have to prove that it's an object that comes from outer space."