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Metals fall from the sky

Update: January, 16/2016 - 12:00

Strange things have been happening in the northern provinces.

Things made from metal have been falling from the sky.

One was round and landed in somebody's garden.

Another had a different shape and landed in some land near a village.

People heard explosions before they fell to the ground.

Residents in northern Tuyen Quang heard three big explosion sounds on Saturday morning before discovering another strange round item in vacant land in Na Giang hamlet.
Residents in northern Tuyen Quang heard three big explosion sounds on Saturday morning before discovering another strange round item in vacant land in Na Giang hamlet. - Photo vtc.vn

HA NOI (VNS) — The military is investigating unidentified objects that fell from the sky in two northern provinces, Tuyen Quang and Yen Bai, said an army official on Saturday.

Viet Nam People's Army Deputy Chief of the General Staff, Lieut. Gen. Vo Van Tuan denied that the strange objects came from the army as it "did not have any military operations in those areas before and during the time of the incidents".

He said that so far there was no confirmation on what exactly the objects were and where they came from.

At about 7:00am Saturday, residents in Bao Dap and Tan Dong communes in Yen Bai reportedly heard what sounded like thunder, despite there being no signs of rain.

They later found a strange round object with a diameter of about 40 centimetres lying on the ground in resident Tran Thi Loi's garden in Hamlet 1.

Tuyen Quang Military Command Deputy Commander Tran Van Du said that the sphere in question was made of alloy material and weighed about 35 kilos.

"There are characters engraved on the surface of the sphere that are similar to Russian. It is still too soon to determine its origin," he said.

Du said the sphere was not a bomb or made of explosive materials.

The object was completely sealed off, making it infeasible to look at the inside. But echoes from knocking on its surface reportedly indicated that the sphere was probably empty.

Another metal piece, weighing about 0.2 kilos, was also found about five kilometres to Loi's house.

The piece was said to have hit a resident's house. No one was injured.

Meanwhile, residents in Tan My commune in Tuyen Quang, a neighbouring province to the east of Yen Bai, also heard three big explosion sounds around the same time on Saturday morning before discovering another strange round item in vacant land in Na Giang hamlet.

Tan My police said the sphere's surface was metal and had a diameter of nearly 100 centimetres. — VNS

GLOSSARY

The military is investigating unidentified objects that fell from the sky in two northern provinces, Tuyen Quang and Yen Bai, said an army official on Saturday.

An unidentified object is something that is out there but is a mystery. No one knows exactly what it is.

Viet Nam People's Army Deputy Chief of the General Staff, Lieut. Gen. Vo Van Tuan denied that the strange objects came from the army as it "did not have any military operations in those areas before and during the time of the incidents".

To deny that the strange objects came from the army means to say they that they did NOT come from the army.

He said that so far there was no confirmation on what exactly the objects were and where they came from.

Confirmation on what the objects were means saying what they were, for sure, after checking with people who would know.

They later found a strange round object with a diameter of about 40 centimetres lying on the ground in resident Tran Thi Loi's garden in Hamlet 1.

A diameter means the distance in a straight line across a circle, from one end to another, through the centre.

Tuyen Quang Military Command Deputy Commander Tran Van Du said that the sphere in question was made of alloy material and weighed about 35 kilos.

A sphere is a perfectly round object, shaped like a ball.

The sphere in question means the sphere that everyone is asking about.

An alloy is a type of metal made up of a mixture of different metals.

"There are characters engraved on the surface of the sphere that are similar to Russian.

Characters are letters and figures.

Characters that are engraved into the sphere are carved into it.

It is still too soon to determine its origin," he said.

To determine its origin means to work out where it comes from.

The object was completely sealed off, making it infeasible to look at the inside.

Infeasible means impossible.

But echoes from knocking on its surface reportedly indicated that the sphere was probably empty.

Echoes are sounds that bounce back after a little while.

Meanwhile, residents in Tan My commune in Tuyen Quang, a neighbouring province to the east of Yen Bai, also heard three big explosion sounds around the same time on Saturday morning before discovering another strange round item in vacant land in Na Giang hamlet.

An item is a thing.

WORKSHEET

State whether the following sentences are true, or false:

1.      At about 7:00pm Saturday, residents in Bao Dap and Tan Dong communes in Yen Bai reportedly heard what sounded like thunder.

2.      There was no sound of rain when this sound of thunder came from the sky.

3.      Na Giang is a city.

4.      Tuyen Quang and Yen Bai are provinces in the south of Viet Nam.

5.      Tran Thi Loi lives in Yen Bai province.

 

ANSWERS:

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 1. False; 2. True; 3. False; 4. False; 5.True.

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