Meteorite Crash in Peru Causes Mysterious Illness

It sounds like something straight out of a science-fiction movie, but it's not. After a what is believed to be a meteorite crashed into a southern Peruvian village over the weekend, locals have been struck with a mysterious illness.

The villagers heard an explosion and saw a fireball blazing across the sky on Saturday, which many at the time thought was an airplane about to crash. It was later discovered to be a meteorite, and later in the day residents began complaining of headaches and vomiting that was apparently brought on by a "strange odor" emanating from the meteorite.

Local police who were on scene responding to the incident were also struck by the strange illness, and had to be given oxygen before being hospitalized.

Scientists have since been sent to the village of Caranca, located in a remote region of Peru near the border of Bolivia, where they will gather samples of what is believed to be a meteorite. The samples will be taken for analysis in Peru's capital of Lima.

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