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Meteorite Crashes Through Roof of a House in Connecticut

Screenshot of the meteorite that crashed through a house in Connecticut on April 19, 2013. Via NBC.

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 airports.

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

Here’s a news report from an NBC station in Connecticut:

View more videos at: http://nbcconnecticut.com.

Source: NBC Connecticut

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  • zkank April 24, 2013, 1:03 AM

    Very cool!
    Every day I hope for one to crash through my roof…;)

    That’s a broken face, and it looks like half the stone – keep looking – there’s more!

  • Mike Petersen April 24, 2013, 8:14 AM

    He should have this checked out for value. Meteorites can be worth quite a bit of money. Then, he can decide whether to keep it or sell it.

  • Matt McIrvin April 24, 2013, 11:16 AM

    Wait, *another* meteorite hit a house in Connecticut? Well, I guess it wasn’t in Wethersfield.

  • Flint Cahill April 24, 2013, 1:56 PM

    That is a $30k rock.

  • Skipdallas April 24, 2013, 4:51 PM

    If he sells it, he will have enough to repair the damage with a tidy sum left over.

  • Aqua4U April 24, 2013, 6:16 PM

    No… I will not wear a hardhat everywhere I go. But I’ll think about it….*~@; )

  • R.Hill April 24, 2013, 6:45 PM

    What is it about Meteorites coming into homes in Connecticut. November 30, 1982 – Wethersfield -Robert and Wanda Donahue’s home – 11 years earlier April 1971 another house in Wethersfield. Why Connecticut?

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