[meteorite-list] Flaming Pigeons Source of Egyptian Fireball Reports (?)

From: Paul H <bristolia_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Tue Jul 20 18:33:18 2004
Message-ID: <20040720213223.11023.qmail_at_web50603.mail.yahoo.com>

In "Fireball (sic)story from Egypt July 15" it was

>> Dear All,
>> Does anybody hear abouth an event in the south
>> of Egypt where about 100 houses were burnt
>> due to fireballs falling on roofs and inflaming
>>the >> houses? >> Here is news report in Russian:
>> http://www.newsru.com/world/15jul2004/shar.html
>> Of course, maybe it is distortion by mass-media,
>>but anyway...
>> Best wishes,
>> Andrei Ol'khovatov

I found this version of the Egyptian Fireball Story

"Blazes in Egypt start "balls of fire" rumours
Reuters, Sun Jul 18,12:31 PM ET

"CAIRO (Reuters) - A series of fires in the southern
Egyptian province of Sohag has destroyed some 160
houses, giving rise to rumours that spirits are at
work or mysterious balls of fire are falling from
the sky, a local official SAYS.

But the causes are mundane -- kerosene stoves,
cigarette butts and electrical short circuits,
Brigadier Ezzat Aboul Kassem told Reuters on
Sunday. Flaming pigeons, their feathers set
alight in the blazes, may explain talk of
balls of fire, he added."

""Investigations have shown that there are burned
pigeons on top of some of the burned houses and
it's probable that they fell there after catching
fire at other houses," he said. "Maybe that
explains the rumors of balls of fire falling
from the sky.""


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