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I Read the News Today

Weird and wonderful, it all happened at Christmas

CHRISTMAS

SANTA SIGHTING: 1965 METEOR STRIKES LEICESTERSHIRE

Children staring up at the sky, looking out for Santa, may have been surprised on Christmas Eve 1965. A meteor, the biggest to hit the UK, set the sunset ablaze over Barwell in Leicestershire. Shattered by its own sonic boom, thousands of smaller meteorites rained upon the sleepy town, with one even going through a car’s engine. Thankfully, no other harm was done, and tiny fragments of the meteor can today fetch up to £8,000 at auction.

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