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"A Cannonball and A Fireball..."

8 years 4 months 2 weeks ago Friday, October 16 2015 Oct 16, 2015 October 16, 2015 3:00 AM October 16, 2015 in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

On October 15, 1907, Nicaraguan rebel forces, under the leadership of Gen. Pablo Castilliano, were attempting to overthrow the government.  With money, weapons and a "lay-of-the-land", government forces were repeatedly beaten by the rebels and on the verge of surrendering. Camped along a ridge overlooking their enemy, the rebels prepared for a final daybreak assault. Castilliano went to his tent to record the day's events when suddenly the camp was aglow. A fireball made a direct hit on Castilliano's tent, leaving a hole ten feet deep and fifteen feet wide.  Unusual chunks of rock were actually bits of a meteorite that were scattered throughout the hole. The rebels, believing the meteorite was a sign of displeasure from heaven, retreated, stopping the rebellion.

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