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NASA is skeptical a meteorite actually caused that giant crater in Nicaragua

The massive crater discovered in Nicaragua over the weekend may not have been caused by a meteorite after all, according to NASA.

Though initial reports claimed a chunk of the asteroid 2014 RC caused the dent, the space rock didn't pass Earth until 13 hours after the impact, NASA said in a statement. Moreover, there have as yet been no eye witness reports of a fireball blazing across the sky, nor any evidence of debris "typically associated with a meteor of the size required to produce such a crater."

Still, NASA added that a meteorite "cannot be ruled out with absolute certainty," as the cause of the crater.

Paging Mulder and Scully.