Meteorite Crashes Through Roof of a House in Connecticut

Article written: 24 Apr , 2013
Updated: 23 Dec , 2015

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:

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Source: NBC Connecticut


7 Responses

  1. zkank says

    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!

  2. Mike Petersen says

    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.

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

  4. That is a $30k rock.

  5. Skipdallas says

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

  6. Member
    Aqua4U says

    No… I will not wear a hardhat everywhere I go. But I’ll think about it….*[email protected]; )

  7. R.Hill says

    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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