In a CBS news article, it listed Mbale as one of the top five strangest meteorites you can buy. The others were Valera (cow killer), Almahata Sitta (only asteroid/meteorite tracked to Earth), Peekskill (striking a Chevy Malibu car), and Ensisheim (chained up in a church to keep it Earth-bound).
On 14 August 1992 at around 3:40 pm, a meteorite fell in Mbale, Uganda. There was a deafening explosion which occurred over a densely populated city of Mbale, Uganda. There was a shower of rocks which ranged in size from 0.1 grams to 27.4 kg. Scientists estimated that the original meteor weighed upwards of 2,000 pounds (907 kg). The approximate recovered weight was 108 kg. In one of only two documented cases of a meteorite striking someone, a small meteorite fell through the leaves of a banana tree and hit a young boy on the head. He was not hurt.
An expedition was organized by the Dutch Meteor Society, the Leiden Observatory, and Makerere University between August 29 and September 5th, 1992. They located 48 impact positions of masses. Mbale classified it as an ordinary chondrite (L5/6).
In the 1990’s, Uganda was ravaged by AIDS, and there was no cure. The desperate people of Mbale thought their prayers were answered by the cure that rained down from the Heavens. Many of the meteorites were ground up and ingested or applied topically. To put this in perspective, by 1994, AIDS became the leading cause of death for all Americans ages 25 – 44 years old. Not just in Africa, but the entire world was hoping for a miracle cure.
The Mbale Meteorite Shower – NASA/ADS
Mbale – The Meteoritical Society – Meteoritical Bulletin Database
Top five strange meteorites you can buy – X-SCITECH – Wynne Parry – CBS News
MBale – Christie’s
On this day in Space: Aug. 14 (1992): Meteorite Shower Hits Uganda – MSN
Origins of Meteorites – Meteorite Collection – UCLA
Catalogue of Meteorites (5th Edition) Monica M. Grady, The Natural History Museum
1990s HIV/AIDS Timeline – American Psychological Association
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases