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Is a meteor responsible for burning down a California home?

Authorities believe that a fire which destroyed a home in Nevada County, California on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022, may have been started by a meteor, Breitbart reports.

The blaze took place during the Taurid meteor shower which occurs annually and peaked this year on Nov 4 and Nov 5 and will peak again on Nov 12 and 13.

The meteors which are part of the debris from a small comet named Encke, are of larger size and last longer before burning up in the earth’s atmosphere. Astronomers were predicting that this year’s display would be larger than normal.

The San Francisco Chronicle provides more details:

The fire was reported at 7:25 p.m. in the Mooney Flat area and was contained by 8:55 p.m., said Fire Captain Clayton Thomas of the Penn Valley Fire District. It occurred the same night the Taurid meteor shower was underway, and many residents reported seeing a bright light shoot across the sky and appear to land in the area near the home immediately before the fire began.

The fire destroyed the home, as well as a truck and a car parked outside the home, Thomas said. No one was injured or killed, but a pet dog and rabbits were lost in the fire, he said. […]

“I’ve been an investigator for 12 years and in the fire service for 25. I’ve never been to a fire that was caused by a meteor,” Thomas said. “But at this point, because our investigation isn’t done, I can’t rule that out as a possibility. They have struck homes throughout the world in the past.”

READ: Flaming Meteor Suspected in House Fire in California AND Did a meteor burn down a home in Northern California? Fire department investigates AND Taurid meteor shower 2022: When, where & how to see it

If it is determined that the fire was caused by a meteor, it may explain a verse in the book of Revelation where the Apostle John saw multiple stars hitting the ground. He compared it to a large wind shedding a fig tree of its fruit.

12 I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, 13 and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. (Revelation 6:12-13 NIV)

One of the consequences of this is that it would cause such fear that people would hide in caves (Revelation 6:15).

Some have wondered if this was referring to multiple asteroid hits, or similar to the story above, the earth being hit by a meteor shower with rocks large enough to reach land.

Some have also speculated that it may also be referring to a nuclear attack.

In 2016, authorities confirmed that a man in India was killed by a meteor. He was the first recorded case of death by meteor. There was an earlier record of a man being killed by a meteor in 1826, but that could not be confirmed. READ: Scientists study meteorite that fell from sky, killed man: Globe and Mail

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