US Home Hit by Possible Meteorite! Residents Uninjured
One of the residents, Suzy Kop told CBS News that a meteorite landed in her father’s bedroom, but no one was home. “I thank God that my father was not here, no one was here, we weren’t hurt or anything,” she said. “We are thinking it’s a meteorite, came through here, hit the floor here because that’s completely damaged, it ricocheted up to this part of the ceiling and then finally rested on the floor there,” she added.
Ms. Kop thought that someone had thrown a rock at the house until she got a closer look at the object, which was “warm” to the touch. She continued telling the outlet, “I did touch the thing because I thought it was a random rock, I don’t know, and it was warm.”
The Hopewell Township Police Department noted that the object could be related to an ongoing meteor shower called the Eta Aquariids, an event related to Halley’s Comet that is visible from mid-April to late May and typically peaks around May 5 every year. The police said that they have also contacted a number of other organizations for assistance in “safeguarding the residents and the object.”
On the other hand, According to Derrick Pitts, the Chief Astronomer at the Franklin Institute, the object that crashed through the New Jersey home’s roof could potentially be “four to five billion years old, left over from the beginning of the solar system.” Pitts further explained to the outlet, “It’s been running around in space all that time and now it’s come to Earth and fell in their laps. For it to actually strike a house, for people to be able to pick up, that’s really unusual and has happened very few times in history.”