In 1907, Nicaraguan rebels under the leadership of Gen. Pablo Castilliano were attempting to overthrow the government. With an abundance of money, weapons and expertise, the government forces were repeatedly beaten by the rebels and were on the verge of surrendering. Camped along a ridge overlooking their enemy, the rebels prepared for a daybreak assault to finish off their adversaries. Castilliano went to his tent to record the day’s events when suddenly the entire camp was aglow. As noted in a previous column, on Oct. 15, 1907, a fireball made a direct hit on Castilliano’s tent, leaving a hole 10 feet deep, 15 feet wide, with bits of meteorite scattered throughout the hole. The rebels believed this event was a sign of displeasure from heaven and ceased the rebellion.
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