TAU expert: Bat Yam ‘meteorite’ was a hoax

Scientist ridicules the media for getting so excited about it.

Bat Yam Meteorite 311 (photo credit: AP)
Bat Yam Meteorite 311
(photo credit: AP)
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 inthe Internet site’s film. It showed something that looked like a yellowcucumber burn and fall into the water and remaining on fire and smokingas it went in. Meteorites arrive cold after falling through theatmosphere. They are not on fire,” he said.
The “thing” looked like it was made of rubber with some oxidatingmaterial that kept it on fire, the expert said. He also noted that theYnet film had the stamp of “telaviv.police.gov.il” on it, when theofficial Tel Aviv Police Web site made no mention of such an event.
Although police reporters said they were told that the “meteorite” hadbeen taken to the Geological Institute in Jerusalem “for examination,”the spokeswoman of the National Infrastructures Ministry, which is incharge of the institute, said “no one called us and we know nothingabout any ‘meteorite’ being brought to us.”