Tue, Dec 21, 2004
Resident Report Bright Lights, Big Noise
In a country plagued by terror attacks from an affiliate of
Osasma bin Laden's al Qaeda, things that go boom in the night are
taken very seriously.
Residents of the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, as well as the
suburban towns of Tangerang, and Serang in West Java province,
heard a series of earth-shaking explosions at around 0730 local on
Sunday. But after a thorough police investigation, there appeared
to have been no evidence of bomb blasts, gas explosions or anything
else that might have made such a big noise.
So, they looked up.
"The police have searched throughout
the regency and we found nothing to indicate a bomb or meteor,"
said one police officer on duty in Tangerang.
"It's suspected that a fireball originating from a big meteor
entered the earth's atmosphere... This created the explosion,"
space expert Thomas Djamaluddin at LAPAN (the Indonesian space
agency) told Reuters.
Police, who had been on high alert in anticipation of a major
terror attack, were quick to investigate. They found nothing.
Resident throughout West Java reported seeing bright lights
streaking across the sky as the explosions rattled windows. One man
south of Jakarta said he saw a large celestial object impact the
Earth. There was no immediate confirmation.
Nor were there any radar indications of a meteor shower that
might have caused the bright lights and big booms.
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