Meteorite strikes home in Hopewell Township, New Jersey

A meteorite about 4 inches by 6 inches in size fell on a residential building in the village of Hopewell, New Jersey, reports CBS.

The stone broke through the roof of the building and landed in one of the bedrooms, however, fortunately, no one was in the room at the time of the fall.

According to police, the meteorite has a metallic appearance and an oblong shape. After the stone fell on the house, the hostess found it in the corner of the room.

She even managed to touch it, mistaking it for an ordinary stone, but found that it was warm. The woman was shocked by what happened and happy that none of her relatives and friends were hurt.

“It appears whatever came from the sky fell through the roof of the top window that’s my dad’s bedroom,” Suzy Kop 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,” Kop said.

Leading astronomer Derrick Pitts of the Franklin Institute noted that the age of this space object can be up to four to five billion years. According to him, the meteorite may be a remnant from the birth of the solar system.

“It’s been running around in space all that time and now it’s come to Earth and fell in their laps,” Pitts said. “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.”

The incident was an occasion for many residents of the city to think about what could fall on their homes from space. However, according to Derrick Pitts, the likelihood of such cases is extremely small, and for most people this should not be a cause for concern.

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