Several people in New Jersey claimed they saw a person falling from the sky with no parachute, but an extensive police search has turned up no evidence, NBC Philadelphia reported.
Witness Kelly Hale and two of her co-workers at Shore Veterinarians in Egg Harbor Township said they watched from their office windows as a human fell head-first from the sky on Tuesday.
But there were no reports of missing skydivers.
“I [saw] the guy falling, at an angle, like this,” Hale told NBC Philadelphia while gesturing. “Straight down. No parachute. No paraglider.”
Authorities were still investigating the incident, Egg Harbor police told msnbc.com on Thursday.
“We’re not actively out there searching, but we’re waiting for more information,” said police Sgt. Robert Gray. He could not comment on the ongoing investigation.
Several people contacted Egg Harbor Township Police at about 3:20 p.m. Tuesday, saying that they watched a person free-falling from the sky. The witnesses described the person as falling head first, at a slight angle, toward the ground, police said.
“You could see the arms and legs flailing and his clothes were blue, a dark blue like a navy, black and gray,” Hale said. “There’s no doubt that it was a person. We’re 100 percent sure.”
Explosives have been used to euthanize an ill humpback whale that washed up onto a sandbar off Western Australia’s south-west coast.
The 9.5-meter humpback whale became stranded off Albany two weeks ago.
The Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) had intended to let the whale die of natural causes but today decided to euthanize the animal with an explosive charge after it repositioned itself on a sandbar.
In a statement, DEC Albany district manager Mike Shepherd said the whale had moved a couple of meters from its original position, which was enough to stabilize it and kill it humanely.
“This was not an option that was available to us until now, as the animal, even while terminally sick, was still strong enough to present a serious safety risk to DEC staff and volunteers,” he said.
A senior Iranian cleric said Monday women who wear revealing clothing and behave promiscuously are to blame for earthquakes.
Iran is one of the world’s most earthquake-prone countries, and the cleric’s unusual explanation for why the earth shakes follows a prediction by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that a quake is certain to hit Tehran and that many of its 12 million inhabitants should relocate.
“Many women who do not dress modestly … lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes,” Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi was quoted as saying by Iranian media.