Meteorite Crashes Into House [PHOTO, VIDEO]: No Injuries As 4.5 Billion Old Rock Damages Roof
A meteorite crashed into a house in Wolcott, CT., last week. Officials from the Yale Peabody Museum has confirmed that the soft-ball size object that crashed into a family home is indeed a meteorite, believed to be 4.5 billion years old.
Larry Beck was relaxing in his living room and watching television on Friday at around 10.30 p.m. when he suddenly heard a loud sound from his roof. The loud boom was also heard by nearby residents, which could have been the sound of the meteorite exploding as it passed the Earth’s atmosphere.
Beck went to his attack and noticed that his ceiling was damaged. He called the Wolcott Police Department at 10.30 a.m. Saturday to report that a rock crashed through his home the night before at 10 p.m.
"It sounded like a gunshot but it was louder bang," Beck said, according to WAFB. "We looked up and saw the ceiling coming down and broke away the sheet rock in the dining room."
The rock was reportedly broken in half.
Wolcott police Chief Edward Stephens said: "For this to crash through asphalt shingles, the roof, smash copper pipe, crack a ceiling, it was moving very quickly.”
Initially, the rock was believed to have fallen from a plane as there is an airport nearby his home. However, a friend persuaded him to get the rock examined at Yale.
Finally, the experts at Yale Peabody Museum confirmed that it was a meteorite.
Beck hopes his insurance company will pay out for the damage caused by the space rock.