Something rather strange is happening in the skies above a Spanish village and worried residents are demanding answers.
For the second time in just five days, a mystery cylindrical object weighing about 20 kilos has fallen into fields in Calasparra, an area of Murcia with 9,700 inhabitants. On November 3rd, there was a sense of wonderment and some amusement after a huge metal ball crashed into a goat farm and was discovered by two bemused shepherds.
But yesterday villagers were stunned to find a SECOND globe had plummeted to Earth in the hamlet of Villavieja, just a stone’s throw from the other site. A farmer put in an urgent call to the Civil Guard who have been guarding the second object all night until investigators arrive. Meanwhile, the area has been sealed off.
The Mayor of Calasparra, José Vélez has called on the authorities to give worried residents answers about the strange phenomenon.
“Where are these objects coming from?” he said.
“Why are they falling here precisely?
“Will more fall?
“And what would happen if any of these balls fall into a highly populated area?”
He has slammed the lack of information from the Spanish Government and says: “I think it is a more serious issue than it seems.
“Citizens have real concerns about what is happening and deserve an explanation.”
After the first ball was discovered on November 3, a farmer reported seeing between seven or eight fireballs first thing in the morning so it is believed there could soon be more discoveries.
Emergency services has confirmed the second spherical object is very similar to the first and is about 80 centimetres in diameter. Protocol known as NRBC (nuclear, radiological, bacteriological and chemical) has been put into action to avoid any potential dangers.
The balls are thought to be debris from an old space rocket and the European Space Agency in Noordwijk had warned “junk” could fall to earth some time on November 14th. Experts say “orbital debris” is a growing threat and not “science fiction” and the problem has to be dealt with.
It’s estimated there are about 16,000 objects floating around in space which can damage or destroy satellites. Meantime, the Mayor of Calasparra has warned villagers to be very careful if they find another strange object and to immediately call the police.