Bat Yam Meteorite 311.
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A Tel Aviv University scientist who viewed a Ynet film that claimed to show a small “meteorite” landing on Bat Yam’s separate beach on Saturday told The Jerusalem Post it seemed clear to him that it was “an outright hoax. Whoever did it lied.”
The expert ridiculed the media for getting so excited about it.
Tons of meteorites fall toward Israel every day, said the scientist,
who declined to be named, “but none of them look like what appeared in
the Internet site’s film. It showed something that looked like a yellow
cucumber burn and fall into the water and remaining on fire and smoking
as it went in. Meteorites arrive cold after falling through the
atmosphere. They are not on fire,” he said.
The “thing” looked like it was made of rubber with some oxidating
material that kept it on fire, the expert said. He also noted that the
Ynet film had the stamp of “telaviv.police.gov.il” on it, when the
official Tel Aviv Police Web site made no mention of such an event.
Although police reporters said they were told that the “meteorite” had
been taken to the Geological Institute in Jerusalem “for examination,”
the spokeswoman of the National Infrastructures Ministry, which is in
charge of the institute, said “no one called us and we know nothing
about any ‘meteorite’ being brought to us.”