On July 28, 1860, according to an account in the Canadian Institute Proceedings, 2-7-198, the Deputy Commissioner of Dhurmsalla reported the fall of a meteorite coated in ice. Within a few months of this fall, the Deputy Commissioner noted these events occurred: a fall of live fishes at Benares, a shower of red substance at Furruckabad, a dark spot observed on the disk of the sun, and earthquake, “an unnatural darkness of some duration,” and a luminous appearance in the sky like an aurora borealis.

In the evening after the fall, the Deputy Commissioner saw lights in the sky that moved like fire balloons, but that he was sure “were neither fire balloons, lanterns, nor bonfires, or any other thing of that sort, but bona fide lights in the heavens.”

–Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, p. 245-246 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974)

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