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Experts: 'Meteor' Gases Likely Caused by Geyser

Update: Peru Meteor
Sept. 18: Observers stand over the crater of a meteorite that crashed near Puno, Peru and which locals say has made hundreds sick.

Scientists doubt that the supposed meteorite strike that sickened some 200 residents of Peru over the weekend actually involved anything from space.

Based on reports of fumes emanating from the crater, some scientists actually suspect that the event could have been some kind of geyser-like explosion rather than a meteorite impact.

"Statistically, it's far more likely to have come from below than from above," said Don Yeomans, head of the Near Earth Object Program at NASA'S Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

• Click here to view video of the impact crater.

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