Posted: Oct 15, 2012 6:49 PM by Pat Shingleton
On October 15,1907, Nicaraguan rebel forces, under the leadership of General Pablo Castilliano, were attempting to overthrow the government. As noted in a previous column, with an abundance of money, weapons and expertise, the government forces were repeatedly beaten by the rebels and were on the verge of surrendering. Camped along a ridge overlooking their enemy, the rebels prepared for a daybreak assault to finish off their adversaries. Castilliano went to his tent to record the day's events when suddenly the entire camp was aglow. A fireball made a direct hit on Castilliano's tent, leaving a hole ten feet deep and fifteen feet wide with bits of the meteorite scattered throughout the hole. The rebels believed this event was a sign of displeasure from heaven and ceased the rebellion.