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Investigations were underway to check the authenticity of claims that several fragments suspected to be from a meteorite had fallen into a home garden near Parliament at Battaramulla yesterday morning, Colombo University, Prof. Chandana Jayaratne said.

The unusual fragments were first seen by the domestic worker, who removed them. Subsequently, the house owner called the Moratuwa University and contacted Prof. Chandana Jayaratne.

Prof. Jayaratne, who visited the place, said that it was a meteorite type rock and it would be possible to confirm whether it was from a meteorite within one or two days.

Prof. Jayaratne warned people not to destroy evidence which was vital to carry out the required tests. Meanwhile, he asked the public not to disturb such objects.

He stressed that it was a great loss when people destroyed the evidence of meteorites due to ignorance.

"If you happen to see such objects, you should cover them with a basin or a piece of oil cloth," Dr. Jayaratne said.