(meteorobs) The event in Egypt

David Entwistle david at d-entwistle.fsnet.co.uk
Sun Jul 25 10:07:03 EDT 2004

The latest reports suggest that the Egyptian tragedy isn't meteor 



Egyptian fireball rumour quenched
July 24, 2004

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A series of fires in the southern Egyptian province of Sohag has 
destroyed about 160 houses, giving rise to rumours that spirits are 
at work or mysterious balls of fire are falling from the sky, an 
official in the region said. 

However, kerosene stoves, cigarette butts and electrical short 
circuits were the real culprits Brigadier Ezzat Aboul Kassem told 
Reuters in Cairo. Burning pigeons, their feathers set alight by the 
flames, might explain talk of balls of fire, he added. 

Two children have died in the fires, which started last month, and 
about 30 people have been injured.

--- In meteorobs at yahoogroups.com, "Andrei Ol'khovatov" <olkhov at m...> 
> Dear All,
> Here is another news-story on the event in Russian mass-media:
> http://www.utro.ru/articles/2004/07/16/330504.shtml
> There are some more details from it:
> 1) The Egypt province is called Sokhag (spelling?)
> 2) The event continued for the third day
> 3) There are injured, and at least 2 little child died.
> 4) Firefighters are on duty at villages where the event took place.
> 5) Authorities are conducting investigation
> 6) There are several versions: from hot weather to meteorites.
> Best wishes,
> Andrei Ol'khovatov

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