Peruvian Nuclear Energy Institute engineer Renan Ramirez said a team of scientists found no radiation at the crash site and confirmed that a fallen satellite did not create the crater. Ramirez speculated that sulphur, arsenic or other toxins that melted in the extreme heat produced by the meteorite strike might have caused the illnesses that struck the local population. Others are now suggesting that fear of the sight and sound may have resulted in provoked psychosomatic ailments.
"It sounds much more like the crash of a large satellite, probably with residual hydrazine in it's tanks. Some of the larger communication and military satellites would make a crater of this size. But since nobody saw the crater form - they reported a bright meteor then later found a crater -we'll have to await the reports of the geologists who are investigating the site," Gaffey suggests.