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Dhajala is an ordinary chondrite (H3.8) that fell in Sayla Taluka, India. 

According to the Meteoritical Bulletin (MB55), at roughly 8:40pm on January 28, 1976, a very bright fireball was observed near Dhajala.  The fireball was significantly brighter than the full moon that night, and made a hissing sound.  Detonations were also heard, and the strewn field extended approximately 17 km.  Over 200 school-age children volunteered to search the strewn field, and around 300 stones were recovered, the largest of which weighed 12 kg.

Observations of Dhajala‘s entry into Earth’s atmosphere have been used to calculate the probable orbit of the parent meteoroid, as well as the velocity of the impacting meteorite.

Bhandari, N., Lal, D., Trivedi, J. R., & Bhatnagar, A. (1976) The Dhajala meteorite shower. Meteoritics. 11: 137-147.