No evidence of
cause of panic
By Ishara Jayawardane
The Kalutara North Police and the Navy declared
yesterday that there is no evidence of a huge object
that is said to have fallen out of the sky on Friday
evening in to the sea near Waskaduwa.
On inquiry Navy acting Spokesman Commander Mahesh
Karunaratne said that a woman had claimed to have
seen an object fall into the sea about 5km from the
shore sending up a 25-foot jet of sea water.
However, search by Navy divers found no such
evidence. The area of water covered was quite large.
The reported sighting caused panic in the area
forcing Kalutara North Police and Disaster
Management Centre staff to rush to the scene.
Dr. Chandana Jayaratne, Consultant on Astronomy at
the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Modern
Technologies and Senior Lecturer in Physics,
University of Colombo speculated that the object
most probably was a meteorite and that the reason
that no evidence has been found of an object is
probably because that a crater has been formed and
it would have got filled with sand.