The meteorite left a crater inside the campus of Bharathidasan Engineering College in Vellore
Indian scientists have been asked to verify claims that a man died after being hit by a meteorite in southern Vellore city.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram said on Sunday that Kamraj, a bus driver, died after a meteorite fell on a college campus.
Scientists said tests were needed to confirm that the rock was a meteorite.
If confirmed, experts said this would be the first such death in nearly 200 years.
According to a list prepared by the International Comet Quarterly, a man was killed in a "meteorite fall" in India in 1825.
PK Senthilkumari, chief of Vellore police, told The Hindu that a "small stone weighing about 10g was recovered from the spot" at Bharathidasan Engineering College.
Further tests were needed to confirm that the darkish rock was actually a meteorite
"We have requested scientists to come and examine the object."
Kamraj was working in the campus when the object fell and caused a loud explosion. It left a crater in the ground and blew out glass windows in the adjoining buildings.
The victim "sustained serious injuries and died while on the way to the hospital," Ms Jayaram said.
The government has announced a financial aid of 100,000 (£1,000;$1,441) for Kamraj's family.
Meteors are dust-sized particles that burn up as they plummet through Earth's atmosphere. Meteorites are larger, more durable objects that survive heating in the atmosphere and land on Earth.
NASA Says Man In India Likely Wasn't Killed By A Meteorite
Remember the story scooting around the Internet earlier this week about a man in India who was reportedly killed by a meteorite? If you need a refresher, we wrote a post about it, creatively titled, "Did A Meteorite Kill A Bus Driver In India?"
Well, it turns out the answer is probably not.
The incident happened on a college campus in the southern state of Tamil Nadu on Saturday. There was an explosion, which also injured three other people, that reportedly left a 5-foot-deep crater and a small, blackish-blue rock behind.
Local officials in India were quick to blame the blast on space debris, but NASA scientists have weighed in, saying the man was not killed by anything extraterrestrial.
"Initial assessment based on photos posted online are not consistent with something from space," NASA spokesman Dwayne Brown said in a statement, according to ABC News. "Small meteorites do not start fires or cause explosions when they hit the ground. To form a crater the size of what has been posted online would have required a meteorite of at least several kilograms. While more details are forthcoming from local scientists, this is unlikely something from space."
The chief minister of the state, J. Jayalalithaa, promised compensation for the families of the driver, identified as V. Kamaraj, and for the injured people, The Times of India reported.