Moscow, Mar 22 (): Smooth, silver U-shaped device crashed from the sky near a remote village in Siberia, Russian media have reported.
Locals insist the metallic object – which resembles a large rubbish bin – fell from the skies but initial checks by experts have concluded it is neither from a rocket nor a missile.
The U-shaped object, resembling a silvery dome, is currently under inspection by Russian experts, after being covertly removed under cover of night from the possession of villagers who found it.
According to the reports, after discovering the device on Sunday, locals from the village of Otradnesnky had managed to drag it from the thick forest where it had fallen. They attached it onto a trailer and took it through the snow to their village, where local inspectors then examined it before alerting Moscow authorities.
Locals claim the space debris, which weighs 200 kilograms and is around two metres in height, fell from the sky.
In an official statement, Sergey Bobrov, who found the object, agreed to keep it safe.
According to reports, police now have the “UFO fragment” under close guard after receiving orders from unnamed authorities. Initial theories that the object was part of a rocket or a satellite from a failed launch in Kazakhstan have been denied.
Experts have also examined the object to determine whether it poses a hazard. Yuri Bornyakov, of the rescue service department in the Kuibyshevski district, said: “We measured the radiation level near and inside the object. We found no radiation here.”
It is now under police guard as interest in the “visitor” intensifies. Police spokesman Sergei Sulein said the object was now under guard by the force on orders from unspecified authorities.
He added: “You can see inside it, all is open, it’s empty, no danger here. We were asked to take and store it. We brought it here. And now we are going to wait until they come to take it if they need it.”