When Ruth Hamilton woke to her dog barking on October 3, followed by an explosion and drywall falling on her face, she was afraid that an intruder was in the house, she tells Claire Palmer of Pipestone flyer. She was on the phone with an emergency call center when she noticed a dark gray stone behind her pillow that matched the fist-sized hole in her ceiling.
The policeman, who visited Hamilton’s home in Golden, British Columbia, initially suspected that a nearby construction site could be responsible for the projectile. But that night was not blown up. Instead, the construction workers gave the officer a hint to another explanation. They heard a roar and saw an explosion in the sky just before Hamilton reported the impact.
“The cop came back and said, ‘Well, I think you have meteorites in your bed,'” Hamilton told CTV News Vancouver’s David Molko.
The meteorite weighs about 2.8 pounds and is the size of an adult’s large fist, according to John Yoon and Vjosa Isai am New York Times. Hamilton shared the meteorite with researchers at the University of Western Ontario, which has a collection of meteorites so they can study the alien invader.
“It’s certainly a meteorite,” University of Western Ontario meteorphysicist Peter Brown told CBC News. “Everything about the story coincided with a meteorite impact, and the fact that that bright ball of fire had occurred essentially at the same time made it a pretty overwhelming case.”
According to CTV News, the researchers plan to collect images, measurements, and possibly samples of the meteorite. They also ask residents near Golden to search for videos such as dash cam footage from Oct 3rd at 11:33 pm that may have caught a glimpse of the fireball. Researchers can use videos to reconstruct the meteorite’s path from the asteroid belt to Earth, Brown tells the Vancouver sun..
On average, fewer than ten meteorites are recovered each year; most meteors burn up in the atmosphere and many end up in the wild or in the ocean. But only last year a meteorite crashed in an Indonesian house, Andreas Illmer reported for BBC News at the time. Only one person, Ann Hodges, has ever survived a meteor strike. Like Hamilton, Hodges was home when the meteorite burst through the roof. The nine-pound meteorite bounced off a radio and hit Hodges’ thigh, leaving a deep bruise.
Hamilton is lucky to have escaped the encounter unharmed.
“I’ve never been hurt,” she tells him New York Times. “I lived through this experience and never got a scratch. So I just had to shower and wash away the drywall dust. “
The meteorite will return to Hamilton’s care by the end of November. Because it landed on her property, the meteorite belongs to Hamilton and she wants to keep it. It is not just a souvenir of the unusual night, she tells them Pipestone flyer. Her grandchildren think it’s pretty cool too.