The impressive meteorite shower near L'Aigle in the north of France played a decisive role in the acceptance of the possibility of stones falling from the air as scientific fact. By order of the minister of internal affairs, the place and circumstances of the fall were investigated by the French physicist and astronomer J. B. Bio (1774-1862). Bio reported:
"I wanted to be an outside observer without prejudice in my opinion, and I attempted to set forth the facts as they were, without advancing any hypotheses…I hope that I have proved the complete truth of this most unusual phenomenon which has ever been witnessed by people…Great scientific advances will be necessary in order to study this phenomenon fully. We have no satisfactory explanation, and only a person with rich knowledge will be brave enough to attempt an explanation. With all the dubious questions, the uncouth are prepared to believe blindly, the ignorant to decide, and only true scientists are prepared to investigate fully."