This letter to the Wanganui Herald describes the fall of the Mokoia meteorite in 1908 by ‘One Who Saw It’.
The Mysterious Explosion
TO THE EDITOR.
Sir,— In to-night’s “Herald” I saw Mr Irvine’s idea of the cause of the rumble at 12.30 p.m. to-day. I take the honour to correct this. I was near No. 1 pole, by the tramway powerhouse, when I happened to look up, and saw a huge white ball fly from the sun in a westerly direction. It had a tail like a meteor and gradually faded off into a long-silver-like line, which remained in the sky for several minutes after the ball disappeared, and then faded away like puffs of smoke. Soon after the ball disappeared I heard an explosion like the boom of a heavy gun. Perhaps astronomers can give us a reason for this.—I am, etc.,
ONE WHO SAW IT.
Aramoho, November 26, 1908.
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