The incident apparently created a crater about 5 feet deep and 2 feet wide, was accompanied by an explosion and left behind a black rock. NASA says the evidence it has seen is more consistent with a “land-based explosion,” according to the New York Times.
“Small meteorites do not start fires or cause explosions when they hit the ground,” NASA spokesman Dwayne Brown told ABC News. “To form a crater the size of what has been posted online would have required a meteorite of at least several kilograms.” The stone found in India, by contrast, reportedly weighed only a few grams. “While more details are forthcoming from local scientists, this is unlikely something from space,” he added.