A couple of shepherds were tending their flocks in their field in Murica, southeastern Spain on Tuesday, when they came across a mysterious object that appeared to have fallen to earth from outer space.
The grey oval object was found by brothers, Francisco and Juan Espín del Amo, who deduced that "it must have fallen from the sky," according to reports in local media.
They did not immediately think it had come from space but rather assumed it was from a military aircraft, which had been conducting exercises over the area in the preceding days.
"The UFO that fell in Murica on Tuesday wasn't an alien, it was only space junk" tweeted the Civil Guard on Wednesday.
The Civil Guard immediately activated its NRBQ protocol, for nuclear, radiological, bacterial or chemical threats and deployed experts to the scene to investigate the unusual object.
The expert, dressed in a bright green safety suit, conducted tests around the object, which was later confirmed to have come from space, possibly an auxiliary fuel tank from a rocket.
It is not the first time such items have fallen to earth.
"A few years ago similar objects were discovered in Brazil and Australia," a Civil Guard explosives expert told El País.
Photo: Guardia Civil
While experts were conducting their tests, Juan and Francisco's cousin did some research of his own online and discovered that the mysterious object appeared to be part of a space station.
"The sphere has all the signs of being a composite overwrapped pressure vessel (COPV), possibly from a space station," he said.
"These objects are made of a material that is so resistant it survives intact even after reentering the earth's atmosphere," he added.