A large cylinder which fell from the sky into a jade mine in Myanmar is believed to have come from a Chinese satellite.
Local residents heard a loud bang before the hunk of metal landed and bounced 50 metres across the mine, according to state media.
The object was reportedly accompanied by a smaller piece of metal with Chinese writing which tore through the roof of a nearby house.
“The metal objects are assumed to be part of a satellite or the engine parts of a plane or missile,” the Global New Light said.
Authorities are trying to confirm their origin.
The material has been linked to a satellite-carrying rocket launched at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in China.
The BBC’s science correspondent Jonathan Amos said the object appeared to be the same shape and size as part of a rocket known as a stage.
Stages are intended to fall into uninhabited areas or seas.
Ko Maung Myo, a local resident, told the Myanmar Times: “We were all afraid of that explosion. Initially, we thought it was a battle. The explosion made our houses shake. We saw the smoke from our village.”
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