MIRI: A loud bang heard by residents of Taman Goodwill, Sepupok Niah here in the wee hours of Sunday (July 31), has led to the discovery of a metal fragment weighing about 14kg.
The object is believed to be debris from China’s Long March 5B rocket. The Long March 5B rocket was reported to have entered into the earth’s atmosphere above the Indian Ocean at around 12.45am Sunday, according to the United States National Aeronautic and Space Administration.
The object was buried about half a metre in the ground, adjacent to a house belonging to Ho Chaeng Seng’s 90-year-old mother.
A police report was immediately lodged the same day at about 5.30pm by Ho after he was informed by his mother.
“My mother was with my younger brother inside the house when they heard a loud noise early that morning, and they immediately called me,” said Ho on Monday (Aug 1).
He expressed relief that both his mother and brother were unharmed in the bizarre incident.
Later Monday, a police team led by Miri OCPD ACP Alexson Naga Chabu went to the site to inspect the object.
ACP Alexson said they had sought assistance from hazardous materials experts and Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.