Residents in northeastern Heilongjiang Province witnessed three giant fireballs accompanied by loud noise last Friday morning, as three unidentified flying objects landed in two different farming areas.
One of the villagers said: “I saw a huge ball of fire; I thought it was a meteorite. I hid inside my house, and waited until the object has landed,” according to an article posted by Signs of the Times.
Both areas were cordoned off for investigation by local authorities, but several photos were posted online, including one of a large metal ball with a jagged edge. Locals described the spheres as weighing around 90 pounds with a diameter of about 30 inches.
State media later said that the objects may have been debris from a Proton-M Russian rocket carrying a satellite that disintegrated after it failed to reach orbit, AFP reported.