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NEW DELHI, India — Scientists are analyzing a small blue rock that plummeted from the sky and killed a man in southern India to determine if it is a meteorite.

The rock slammed into the ground at an engineering college over the weekend, shattering a water cooler and sending splinters and shards flying. Police say a bus driver standing nearby died after being hit by the debris.

College principal G. Bhaskar said he heard a loud thud from his office, where several window panes shattered when the rock hit the ground.

Tamil Nadu officials declared the bluish rock, small enough to hold in the hand, to be a meteorite. Indian Institute of Astrophysics scientists were examining the site, near Vellore city, and conducting a chemical analysis to determine whether the rock came from space.


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