A research group has disclosed that the blast which occurred at AKure, the Ondo State capital, was caused by a meteoric from asteroid belt and not a bomb blast as generally speculated.
Leader of the research team, Professor Adepelumi A. A of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, disclosed this in a summary of the findings from the blast site at Akure.
According to Adepelumi, there was no evidence of fire or burning of anything found within the vicinity, neither was evidence of radioactivity radiation found within the crater and immediate vicinity.
Rather, the only field evidence found was that a meteoric from an asteroid belt that travels at a great speed from space impacted the location at an angle of 43 degrees and created an ejecta at south-western part.
Professor Adepelumi, writing from the blast site at Akure, wrote:
“My Research group carried out a detailed analysis of the impact site. A circular impact crater with 21m diameter and 7.8m depth was found which suggest a natural phenomenal.
“Water was found oozing out from the edges of the crater. A preliminary in situ vibration, noise, seismicity, water analysis, radioactivity studies, rock and soil investigation were carried out.
“Our findings suggest that the impact of the blasting covers 1km radius of the surroundings of the crater.
“No evidence of fire or Burning of anything was found within the vicinity. No evidence of radioactivity radiation was found within the crater and immediate vicinity.
“The field evidence point to a conclusion that a meteoric from an asteroid belt that travels at a great speed from space impacted the location at an angle of 43 degrees created an ejecta at south-western part.
“No evidence of buried vehicle, buried ordinance or IED was found.
“However, crack opening that vary in thickness from 3mm to 4metres occurs on the wall of most of the buildings but not at the base of the buildings.
“Also, foreign rocks and strange metallic objects we’re found within the crater. Most of the destruction occurs on top and roof/ceilings of the buildings.”