Meteorite crashes through roof of a house in Connecticut

Apr 24, 2013 by Nancy Atkinson, Universe Today
Screenshot of the meteorite that crashed through a house in Connecticut on April 19, 2013. Via NBC.

A rock that crashed through a house in Connecticut last weekend has been confirmed to be a meteorite.

Homeowner Larry Beck called police in Wolcott, CT at 10:30 a.m. on April 20, 2013 and said a baseball-sized rock crashed through his home the night before, causing damage to his roof and pipes in the attic before cracking the ceiling in his kitchen. Police reported that people from several towns in the area had called to report a loud boom that rattled windows last Friday evening.

Reports say that at first, police thought the rock was a broken piece of airport runway concrete that had dropped from a plane when landing gear was being lowered. The home is near two .

After examining the object on Tuesday, Stefan Nicolescu, the collections manager for the Division at the Yale Peabody Museum confirmed it was in fact a , likely a chondrite.

Here's a news report from an station in Connecticut:


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ScooterG
1 / 5 (1) Apr 24, 2013
Wow! A $50,000 gift from Mother Nature. That should more than cover the cost of home repairs.

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