Canadian Woman’s Close Call With Visitor From Space

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Meteorite Crash-Landed in a Canada Woman’s Bed While She Slept

by Theresa Machemer/Smithsonianmag.com

When Ruth Hamilton awoke on October 3 to the sound of her dog barking, followed shortly by an explosion and drywall debris falling on her face, she was afraid there was an intruder in the house, she tells Claire Palmer at the Pipestone FlyerShe was on the telephone with an emergency operator when she noticed a dark gray rock behind her pillows that matched the fist-sized hole in her ceiling.

The police officer who visited Hamilton’s home in Golden, British Columbia, first suspected a nearby construction site might have been to blame for the projectile. But there was no blasting at the site that night. Instead, the construction workers tipped the officer off to another explanation. They heard booming and saw an explosion in the sky just before Hamilton reported the impact.

“The police officer came back in and said: ‘Well, I think you have meteorite in your bed,’” says Hamilton to CTV News Vancouver’s David Molko.

The meteorite weighs about 2.8 pounds and is the size of a large adult fist, per John Yoon and Vjosa Isai in the New York Times.

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