Quotations

A Thud in the Night

  
I am fascinated by the numerous stories I have been sent about rocks that someone found that "weren't there yesterday." Common alternative stories are "We heard a thud on the roof at night and found this rock the next morning" and "I saw a fireball and found this stone where I saw it land." All of the stories below were sent to me by real people. Some of them describe real meteors. It's possible that some of the rocks described really are meteorites. Some meteorites really have hit roofs, after all. (See accounts for Benld, Bloomington, and Park Forest, for example.) None of the rocks associated with the stories below that I have had the chance to examine myself have been meteorites, however. I don't know how these various rocks came to be where they were found, but I'm rather certain that most did not come from space. Not every rock that falls from the sky is a meteorite. I make the observation elsewhere on these pages that many such rocks are just the right size for throwing. The last story in this list describes rocks that were deliberately launched, and I've also included some newspaper articles about suspected meteorites that turned out to be meteorwrongs.

Here's a good link that explains why the rock you FOUND is probably not from the meteor that you SAW: The Meteorite Market
  
  
"i found a strange rock in front of my house that just seemed to have appearred overnight."

"We heard a loud pop like gunshots. The next day my 2 year old grandson was out in the back yard and found the "rock". It was stuck in the ground. We had to pull it out."

"It was the summer of 2013. I was sitting on a porch with my friend and there was a faint THUNK as a small rock came down from the air and landed next to us."

"Last June, I heard what seemed to be a bunch of gravel being tossed across the roof of our log cabin and travel trailer metal roofs."

"A couple of years ago I heard what sounded like bits of rock spray across our metal roof, didn't think much about it at first, next morning I thought that maybe what I heard were bits of meteorites that possibly fell on my roof."

"On May 24,1997 a rock weighing 58 grams hit the screen door of my back patio piercing through it and putting a chip in the plate glass. It made quite a noise."

"My husband heard a loud bang or thug like something hitting the ground in the garden . It was night and VERY dark so we looked , got spooked and went inside. About a week or so later he was in the garden and found this odd rock."

"About 27 or 28 years ago, while fixing a fence, I came across a fence post that was split in half, partially burnt, with a small one ounce rock imbedded near the base."

"I found this rock at a site that I thought at first may have been a lightening strike, it was impacted into the earth with only about a 1/3 of it showing and the area around it was charred and still smoldering."

"In the middle of April, I was out in my yard and found this rock. Which of course wasn't there before."

"The person who gave me the rock over 25 years ago indicated that he heard it hit the ground and picked it up."

"Found in my front yard this morning, definantly not there yesterday ( i mowed)."

"I was outside today and I found this object in my yard. 15ft away from my house. So I picked the object up, and there was a hole the object created."

"It was night time when I heard a very distinct sound, when I went outside I expected to see something but found nothing . The next day I searched the area that I believed would have contained whatever hit my house. When I looked at the shingle from the mansard style roof I saw a mark and dent about the size of a Grapefruit. I searched the area in and around the bushes and sitting a top this evergreen bush was a rock?? My property has no visible rocks of this nature as the perimeter of my house is mulched with no rocks . Just grass and bushes. When I picked the rock up I knew right away that this hit my home as it landed in an area very close to where it hit the roof. I must have been cushioned by the bush it landed on after it projected from the roof. I searched every possible area around my home to make sure I wasn't imaging this all. Nothing like this rock exists on my property."

"I discovered a meteorite embedded in my driveway a few days ago."

"When I was a young girl in about 1947, my father and I were out at night in a field by our home in Loves Park, Illinois identifying some of the constellations for a school project. Suddenly, there was a streak of light, followed by a thud in a field about 300 ft from where we were standing. We waited until the early morning hours to go out and retrieve it, realizing it would be extremely hot. I remember thinking the heavy metal was iron….not realizing meteorites made of iron are blackened. I brought it to school, so my classmates could see it."

"This rock was in an area of sparse grass and I would have seen it while mowing the lawn or actually just walking across the yard… I think it “arrived” sometime over the last week or so…"

"It was night time when I heard a very distinct sound, when I went outside I expected to see something but found nothing... When I picked the rock up I knew right away that this hit my home as it landed in an area very close to where it hit the roof."

"im sending you 2 emails with 2 different pictures of this rock i found laying in my back yard one morning i got up to go to work!"

"I found this large rock (grapefruit size) a few inches from my street on our side yard (about 2 feet wide). It was in August or early Sept. My husband and I put it away in our chifferobe where it has been for 7 mos. This week I have been digging in my small back yard to plant flowers and each day I have found a handful of smaller pieces to this big rock we found in Aug. I don't know what a fusion crust is but if you pick it up it leaves a residue of a black sooty substance. I have many pictures but they are not good. I only have a cheap digital camera and I'm a lousy photographer as well."

"A man was working in his garden in the evening of the said date and heard a hissing sound as a rock landed less than four feet from him. He quickly went over to investigate and found a warm black rock freshly embedded in the long grass."

"During the meteorite shower in early August, I believe what seems to be a meteorite fell in the yard of my daughters home. It apparently was smoldering all night and the odor from the heated rock was a stench. It hit the surface of the ground and the plants that were beneath it, the roots were scortched and destroyed. It took several buckets of water to stop the smoke and cool it off."

"She said it had fallen through the roof in 1964 and she showed me where her roof had been repaired."

"I have a son that is now 19 the other day he came home an was telling me this story about when he was little He and a freind saw this really bright firey light fall from the sky and hit the ground. They were all excited and told a bunch of people in a resturaunt but everyone ignored them. The next day they went to look to see if the could find out what they saw fall from the sky and in a cemetary there was a round whole with a bunch of pieces of rock in it. He said it was a meteorite of some kind. And now probably 10-12 years later He and a different freind happened to be in the same cemtary and he was telling the story and remembered exactly where his find was there was a circle of dirt on the ground, no grass had grown there and he bet the kid that if they dug they would find some of these strange looking rocks or whatever they were, and sure enough just below the suface the odd material was there. He did bring one or two of them home with him. Could this really have been a meteorite and who would I contact that might be interested in this. He also said the day they first found it, the tree it came through, on its landing, had the branches broken off."

"My grandfather saw it fall from the sky in the early 1920s. It caught the woods on fire. He and his brother went the next day and recovered it. It was buried in the ground about 6 feet and was too hot to touch. It weighs approx. 150lbs."

"An old friend saw a burning mass fall in his yard up north in 1984 and last summer I was able to go to the spot and search. I found this greyish, porous rock which is severly burnt and melted at one end."

"Eight years ago when I was in fourth grade I was sitting in my backyard on my wooden skateboard ramp, alone, when I heard a relatively loud thud on the ramp about five feet away from me. I turned quickly to see a rock bounce into my yard. I picked up the rock in curiosity. At first I thought my neighbor had thrown it at me, so I scanned to see if he was around but he was nowhere to be seen. I later questioned him on the subject and he didn’t know what I was talking about."

"I believe that my grandmother is in possession of a small meteorite. It fell to earth about 30 years ago, and she saw it hit the ground (literally 50 feet away from her). It was still glowing hot as she approached it. After letting it cool down, she took it home and put it on a shelf, were it has remained pretty much untouched for 30 years."

"One night ,a rock ,Black and burnt looking (with what appears to be reddish gray dust, also has like glitter under the black ,you can bearly see )came crashing down onto the hood of my van . It hit so hard it dented,cutting the hood. When it hit it also broke my windsheild wiper and cracked my windshield. This was at 10:30 at night. There were no kids around . No vehicles. I went back with a flashlight and retrieved this stone. I am sure this is the rock that hit my van because there is a small amount of my paint from the hood on it."

"i respect your opinion but we are sure that we have seen it fallig from the sky and looks like fire and then make a big hole.we tried to touch it but was very hot that was at 3 in the morning.please advise"

"As I looked out my window, I saw a rock sitting on my deck. I went outside to look at it and at first, I didn't think it was anything to out of the ordinary. Not until a few minutes later, when I looked back at my house to discover this rock pierced through the siding of my house, into a layer of my insulation and then it must of bounced off and landed on my deck. That's when I became suspicious."

"I was driving home one night, still in Virginia, about 9 p.m. est on a long straight road that has nothing but farmers fields on either side. From the top of my windshield I saw this big (well, it looked very large) burning thing falling to the ground, very fast. It burned all the way near to the ground, at what was about 30 yards from the ground it went out for a second then lite back up and appeared to burn out about 10-13 feet from the ground. It was not only very close to me, maybe 1/2 mile, but it also had smaller pieces coming off of it that were also burning. It had a burning trail, or tail that was long, very long streaming from it... I was awe struck. It lite an entire section of the field up. That's how I knew it landed in the field. I saw the plowed corn stalks where the farmers had disked the old corn under it's light. It lit a huge section up. I never heard it hit and since it went out just before it landed I did not see an impact. Not to mention I almost wrecked my jeep watching it!"

"7 years ago I saw a meteor falling above me. I slowed to a stop as it's fire-ball got larger untill it 'poffed' into a non-moving white flash about 75 feet in diameter at about 500 feet above the ground. After about 5 seconds I heard a 'thud'. 'Next' I thought, 'there is a meteorite on my ranch' "

"In August of the year 1957 I was on summer hollydays with my parents in the family house of my mother which is located in a village named Stemnitsa in south Greece.The altitude of the village from sea level is 1100 meters.A night of August I got up from my bed to go to the toilet.As I passed in front of a window,I suddenly saw in the dark sky a bright object approaching the ground.It was a flaming ball on the size of the basketball with a bright tail to follow.As the ball was coming down it was getting smaller size.I thought that eventually it would be completely lost in the dark sky, but was not.It fell aflame about 100 meters away from our house.I noted in my mind the part that fell.I went to sleep again and in the morning, even before the sunrise, I took my father(after he narrated the incident) to go with me to look after for the skyobject because I was somewhat young then for such adventures.I was only 12 years old.We found that field and because of a bush which was half-burnt we understood the point that it had fallen.We dig in a blackened hole and in a depth of about 30 cm we found the rock that you can see in the pictures which was still warm enough."

"I am writing this for my mother. She has a rock which has all the characteristics mentioned in your article on meteorites. She was working in the yard ...layed down her rake....went back later for it.....and this rock was laying there."

"In the early 1900" my greatgrand parents were awakened early one morning around 3.00am. by something falling into their front yard when day lite came my greatgrand father dug this meteorite up,i was still smokeing."

"I am from Indiana and on my way to work this morning at 4:50 AM my boyfriend and I were riding in our car and saw something green shoot across the sky. He asked me if I saw it too and I told him yes and he asked me what it was. I was thinking a shooting star but I don't know if shooting stars could be green? So if what we saw this morning was a meteor then does that mean it landed somewhere on earth this morning or was it just "passing thru"??? I know the description I gave you "something green shot across the sky" isn't very good...it had a short trail behind it and at first it started white but then had a green ball around it. And there was no noise. And we only saw it for like one second and then it disappeared and there were no stars visible this morning as well."

"My Grandfather saw this meteorite fall from the sky about 50 years ago. He Found it in a cornfield the next morning. My Father has it now and I don't think he knows how rare and valuable it is. I believe it is a lunar meteorite and it wieghs at least 20 pounds."

"I believe it is a metorite because my window was broken and it left a huge circular area were it busted the glass out then the rest of the window preceded to fall into my back seat. It is about the size of an eye."

"My husband found this rock on our back porch next to a long skid across a concrete pad and a dent in the house."

"In 2004winter some late; I push my son to take a walk nearby the park, suddenly in is away from me not to 6 meter about street lights, is pounded broken by a ball, this ball rolls to my foot nearby, I pick conveniently it, thought originally is some people is playing a ball game hits not carefully. But has a look all around unexpectedly continually a person's shadow not to have¡KDifficult inadequate is the space falls; Has turned head inspects the street light, it is from place above is pounded, also has a look in the hand this ball under the light sparkling. Never sees the so perfect universe rugby. Examines many related meteorolites the pictures and the news, but I pick this as if too too is perfect, but I believe firmly it indeed am come from the outer space; Because it almost projects on me; The following is I to its description: It has a light mirror surface fusion outer covering, in the spherical surface is inlaying the near hundred seven colors (yellow, green, purple, orange color, brown, gray, white) the gem; One side has is likely has been roasted by the fire, has the colored round corona. The son one side is not that smooth in addition. It not by magnet attraction; After also had the hit street light the spot to lack a small angle; The fusion outer covering interior is likely the green glass material quality, has many bubbles, it may be diaphanous. The penetration photosource is likely the viridis eyeball. It is likely a grain of glass moonie. sorry cannot send for you the sample, because I do not want to destroy it."

"A meteor struck my driveway last Wednesday night/Thursday morning, and I have the fragments, what is the probability that its from the comet Swift-Tuttle associated with the Perseid Meteor Shower?"

"This elderly man's father was returning home around midnight on horseback sometime around the year 1890. Suddenly the sky was lighted as a ball of fire with sparks shooting off of it passed overhead. Though an excellent rider, the man was thrown from his horse. The object made, as he described, a loud whining, roaring sound and it was gone in a moment of time. He felt that the object had struck the earth nearby but it was not reported or found."

"This rock has been passed down in my husbands family since between 1944-1948. It flew out of the sky and hit a wheat field that then caught on fire. The fire was put out and later the rock discovered at the sight where the rock was located ..."


"While I was looking outside of my bathroom window on the second floor. I had an object to strike my copper roof which, I just happened to witness and heard as it hit. My first thought was, 'What the heck was that?'"

"An large object passed almost directly over my head. It was size of half a school bus to the size of a small car. It was on fire rather than a fireball. The fires color was an orange to yellowish orange... It made a load hissing, sputtering and roaring sound with fast oscillations.

"we saw a round ball type of glowing multiple colors (Red, Blue, Green but predominantly red) with a tail of many colors, making a whishing sound (whoosh). It was heading towards an open field. It was found the next day in the morning as it glowed as the sun reflected on it in the open field."

"I have experienced rocks falling on my house. I know that these rocks are coming from Heaven, just need for it to be confirmed."

"i believe this is a meteor(rite) i found in the afternoon on my deck on 04/24/07
i photographed it immediately....id like to research if it is a true meteor.... that actually burned into my deck im sending a few of my pics for u to help"

"I was at a friends house a few weeks back when an object shown in the attached pictures crashed in his yard."

"My wife found it several years ago in our back yard. It was buried most of the way into the ground with about 4" protruding from the ground. Enough that it would have caught the mower blade. It had fell sometime since the yard was last mowed because it wasn't there before. It appears to have fallen straight down and impacted the earth with such velocity that it cleared away dirt and grass around it and It was so deep that it had to be dug up and removed."

"ABOUT 35 YRS AGO MY FRIEND WAS SITTING OUTSIDE NEXT TO HIS CABIN ... AND A METEOR CAME DOWN THE SIZE OF AN OSTRICH EGG AND WENT INTO THE LAKE 20 FT FROM WHERE HE SAT, AND THE NEXT MORN HE WAIDED IN AND DUG IT OUT, AND SENT IT SOMEWHERE AND THEY SAID IT WAS ONE."

"Unfortunately, I no longer have the actual meteorite, but I know that I had one. It hit a cherry tree in the backyard of the house across the street one night when I was a kid. Sounded like an explosion! The next day, the tree looked like it had been hit by lightning, though there had been no lightning that night. I think there may have been a meteor shower, but I'm not certain. The tree was split in half. I found the meteorite some yards away, embedded in the ground! I know it had not been there previously, it would have been quite obvious. If I'm recalling correctly, the grass around the impact site was somewhat scorched, as well. It was about the size of a baseball or just slighly smaller, but not spherical like one, seemed to be sort of metallic, and heavy for it's size."

"My husband went out to mow our three acres of land. It had rained really hard for a few days, and he told me to come out and see this big strange rock in the grass. We have no idea how it could have got there as it weighs almost 25 pounds. It seems alot more heavier. It could not have fallen off a passing truck as it's at least 100 feet from the road. ... there are no rocks in our clay soil. I know you are bothered by alot of dumb calls but we really don't know what to do. It had to fall from the sky in our minds. The only other way would be for someone to carry it and place it where we found it. My husband and I are retired and do not play pranks. And we live out in the country where nieghbors are few and far between."

"I found a rock meteor looking several years ago, it was raining that night, we heard a loud boom and we ran outside this rock hit our house created a small hole outside the wall on our house. I touch this rock it was hot so i kept it for years."

"My step-father told me that years ago (45 yrs now) a preacher that he knew gave it to him when he was 9 or 10. The man told him that he watched it fall from the sky and that it was so hot he had to wait to touch it."

"I attached five photos of my rock for you to look at it and see what you think about this rock. It landed on the roof of my house back in 2001. it weighed about 3.5 Kg. a little magnetic and matellic on it as you see in one of photos. It has very light fusion crust but I still not sure, it is dark gray. I found it about a couple feet from the hole on second floor attic."

"Hey I was looking up meterorites last night because a friend stopped by with one that crashed through his roof it's real heavy and he left a piece here that broke off."

" It landed about 1 am on August 13 2007! My daughters ... and I were hoping to see some meteors and were hoping to see something spectacular! We were outside watching the meteor shower and saw one come straight over us and it exploded right over our heads! It seemed very close! Then we saw a spiraling object smoking toward us in a corkscrew pattern and I ducked!! I felt silly cause what could I do to protect myself if it were to hit me? Lol... We could also smell a bunt metalish smell shortly after the object fell!! Anyway we found the object today stuck into the dirt. It landed about 4 feet from where [my daughter] was standing and about 8 feet from where I was standing! The object is about egg size, black and rocklike. I have pictures of the hole and have the stone with the dirt embedded on one side."

"Here is my story. I'm pretty sure this rock came from the sky which is very magnetic. It hit my house in a very strange spot. It hit my front window of my house that is facing a southerly direction. It was about eight feet off the ground and it ripped through a stainless steel screen."

"Well in 1994 this thing fell out of the sky and hit an 18 wheeler and did major damage to the truck"

"I was stopped at a traffic light last december and this hit my back window of my truck and landed on my bed cover"

"I found this rock in my chicken pin about a month ago,April. It was laying on yellow grass ,was easily seen,I check area for eggs each day,it wasnt there the day before. The rock is a light brown and light black on one side. The rock didnt have any dirt in it which is unusual in a chick pin,they like moving things around. Checked with magnet of my uniform badge and didnt grab or maybe just a little if my imagination didnt kick in."

"The attached photos are of a rock found approximately 8 feet from a shattered glass table located under a wooden slat pergola on our pool deck..."

"I know you may get several emails from people but I thought it best to see of you could give me your expert opinion on what happened at my house yesterday. I came home from work around 4:00 p.m. and went to get the mail. On my way back to the house I noticed what looked like a bullet hole in my driveway. I looked around and noticed several of them."

"I was sitting on my back patio (facing North) looking at the Big Dipper when all of a sudden I see the most brilliant/bright ball come flying over my house with a fire tail behind it. It was so incredible. I could actually here it "fizzing" as it came over the house. As I sat there in amazement, watching this, I heard a "thump" like sound as it was passing over my house. The next day I decided to go investigate where I thought I heard the sound. To my amazement, the pictures show what I found. The rock was in my front yard laying in barkdust."

"I've had my local geology department look at a pebble that hit me in the head (felt like a rain drop). Please take me seriously. It is a bit funny. ...It is magnetic, shiny black, heavy for its size, and did hit me in the head and stuck in my hair. I pulled it out five minutes later.I had got out of the shower 15 minutes previous, therefore when I found it, I thought; how the heck??"

"My sister's Cadillac trunk lid received a nasty dent that nearly pierced the metal.The damage is slightly downward. Everyone assumes a nearby lawn mower threw a rock. A rock the size of a baseball was found close by. The rock has a thin layer of crust and responds to a magnet and is very heavy for it's size. Any ideas ?"

"When the Hale Bopp Comet passed by us a few years ago I collected several quarter sized fragments that made their way to earth. These fragments were still smoking when I discovered them. I was driving past my grandparents home when I noticed several small fires. These fires were started in the pine straw around the shrubs. In the pine straw is where I found the quarter sized fragments. My home is about a half mile from my grandparents home and I also noticed several “pot marks” on my wood deck. These “pot marks” were clearly impact points of fragments but when the fragments hit the hard wood surface they shattered to much smaller fragments and mostly powder. This event happened about mid-day."

"Last month my mom was taking her garbage out and this "meteorite" "rock" fall out of the sky about 8 feet from her into the driveway... There were no people around so nobody threw it and she did see it fall and hit ground."

"My dad said they watched this meteor come within the earth's atmosphere and exploded. The sound off of it was louder than a sonic boom. This thing busted apart into small pieces and began falling from the sky. Much of it rained down throughout the entire Silver Valley area and had every field on fire. When they saw it raining down, they too ducked into the storm cellar. They could hear pieces of it hitting the ground and the steel cellar door like hail. My dad thought the world was coming to an end!! A piece of this stuff went right through the roof of my dads' uncle's front porch. After they quit hearing the thuds on the ground, they all climbed out of the cellar to see the fields on fire, the front porch on fire, and the barn on fire. They all grabbed buckets and started dipping water from the well to put the front porch out, but lost the barn. Dad went out the next day and found this rock laying everywhere, still too hot to touch."

"I think I might have found a meteorite. I've put in a link to a few pictures and will keep the email short. I found the rock next to my parked car in the apartment complex parking lot in Austin, TX. The parking space is paved with normal asphalt used for making roads. Here's why I think this might be a meteorite; it had created a dent / small crater of the shape and size similar to the rock in such hard asphalt and of course there aren't any other rocks like this around here."

"One night while out in the yard with the dog, I heard the sound of a rock being whizzed through the trees and then a thud sound a short distance from where I was standing. It was too dark to see clearly so I just proceeded to go inside. The following day my husband is holding this rock in his hand telling me he thinks he found a meteorite in the backyard. He said it stood out like a sore thumb, because it was just laying on top of the ground in an area we had just cleared a few days before. After showing me where he found it, I told him about the incident the night before."

" anyway...the attached photos are of a rock that appeared ON my patio about two weeks before...I did not record the exact day, but I believe it was around the 11th, or 12th of June 2010. I also HEARD it hit my shop/apartment while trying to take an afternoon nap..around 2-3pm est. My shop has metal (steel) siding. I didnt rise to check what made the noise, but nobody was mowing there yard, and I'm far enough away from the road, that I'm very certain it wasn't flung or ejected . When I did rise and steped out the door, sat down in my chair, I looked to my right and there it was. It does NOT look like any local rocks."

"i assure you it s meteorite becoz the lad didnt look for it .he watched it it fell on the sand near where they were standing one night.he knows much about the desert .he knows the whereabouts and where it fell coz not far from the tent .the next days and till the other friends forgot about it he went and picked it up.it took him very little time coz he knew wher it was lying ! he recognized it coz its sight becomes different while he was walkin around it . i asked him to take more photos .he is in the desert.he lives there."

"...about eight years ago when I was in fourth grade I was sitting in my backyard on my wooden skateboard ramp, alone, when I heard a relatively loud thud on the ramp about five feet away from me. I turned quickly to see a rock bounce into my yard. I picked up the rock in curiosity. At first I thought my neighbor had thrown it at me, so I scanned to see if he was around but he was nowhere to be seen. I later questioned him on the subject and he didn’t know what I was talking about."

"In the early 1950's my husband's father was brought to a small forest in NY by a local and he showed him where the night before a meteor had crashed. It was approximately half the size of a Volkswagen sitting in a small crater at the end of a triangle shaped path cut through the trees. The path through the tree was a fairly clean cut and burnt."

"In the mid-90's a rock fell out of the sky in the evening and lodged into the siding of my parents house in Palmer, Kansas. I feel it might be a meteorite simply because it fell from the sky and because of the angle that it stuck into the house."

"As we approached our house my wife Jean pointed to the roof of our house and said look someone has broken into our house. The roof of our house is tiled and one tile was smashed. At that point I could not think of any reason what smashed it. I fetched my ladder and got a spare roof tile from the shed. I had to get it replaced before the rain did any damage to the ceiling. The tile was on the third row up from the gutter and I could work on it easily. After taking all the broken pieces out I could then look inside but no more than a meter. Just to the right of the hole was a rock, I took the rock out and I immediately thought that someone had thrown it, but that just does not happen here .The rock is about the size of a cricket ball."

"I am sending you this email because my daughter came across this unusual rock in a strange and unusual way. It was May 31, 2011 around 1:30 in the afternoon. She was outside the home here in Pleasanton Texas, when suddenly she was struck on the back by this rock. What was strange was when I asked her which direction she was facing when struck. She searched for anyone who may of thrown it but found nobody. The oppossite direction of which she was facing was only brushy farm land for cattle and no houses for a mile or more. I know the rock did not of hit her directly before striking her back, because she was not injured at all. She said she felt only a thump, like if it had come from a close distance. I believe if it may of struck the earth before bouncing towards her back. The rock seems to have some sort of fusion crust, also the core is bubble like , a lighter shade of rust color with white pigments slightly throughout the core. It looks to be one of those rare lunar meteorites. " [The rock appears to be a piece of hematite.]

"a large (big as a mans fist) meteorite landed in a friends garden last night"

"I have this rock that fell in my driveway today. My first thought from about 20 feet away was that it was some sort of compacted fecal matter that fell from an air craft. If it is that, I am sorry that I have wasted your time. The sound it made when it fell can only be described as a loud thwomp. Roughly 5 seconds after I heard the sound, I opened my front door. (I happened to be standing next to said front door, picking my son up.) There was nobody outside. After taking a picture of it from roughly 3 feet away from it, I put my son to bed, returned and took another picture from one foot away. Those are in the other email I sent you."

"It was in the evening around 6:30 - 7:00pm that I heard a bang on my bedroom glass louver and bang on the floor as the rock landed on the bedroom floor. My immediate reaction was that someone threw a rock at the house. Upon inspection I discovered this rock the size of a match box, grey in colour, dense and rather unique. Am suspicious it might be a meteorite."

"I recently found this going through some of my mothers things she left me after passing away, she told me she dug this up out of her flower garden this object fell from the sky around 1962... it penetrated the awning of our home one evening , the next morning she noticed the hole in the awning and dug this out of the hole it created in her flower bed..."

"I've heard a load bang and I saw it right the way!!! - the pieces (2) just flew into my terrace. I was standing on the pattio with my son, my son saw it as well!!! It just dropped in front of our faces...!!!!"

"I was up watching the shower, then as I was going to bed I heard a loud whoosh, and a thud as something hit the earth. There were no neighbourhood boys who could have thrown objects. The next morning I went into the garden to see what fell there, and saw nothing, but a hole in the soft soil about eight inches deep. This rock was at the bottom of the hole."

"My grandmother gave me this rock about 30 years ago. She grew up in White County, Indiana and told me that they woke up one morning and found a crater in the yard. My grandfather dug this up out of the crater."

"I live in Lotus, CA and have attached a picture of a meteorite I found on my driveway on 4/29/12. It has been confirmed by a geologist from UNLV, and weighed, per attached photo. I’m not sure what to do with this. The geologist offered me $2,000 cash on the spot." [This one probably is a meteorite, from the meteor that was seen in daylight on 4/25/2012 in northern California.]


"several nights ago we were awakened by a loud "boom" and went out to investigate with flashlights but could only find branches which had been sheared off, later that day in daylight we saw the pathway of this meteorite that crashed into a large tree shearing and splitting limbs and landing and penetrating a shed below..."

"My wife and I awoke around 12:14 Friday morning to an extremely bright flashing light outside of our window. We thought they were EMS lights at first. I looked out of our window and saw a small object in the middle of our paved road ... It was flashing a white flame and smoking, I assumed someone had thrown some sort of fireworks out of a car. Upon closer inspection later Friday morning, I found a small rock on the road where I saw the light. The rock is very dense, has a black "crust" like it has been burnt, and is slightly magnetic. Do you think this could be a meteorite?"

"I've attached some photos of two meteorites that struck and broke through the front deck of my house last week."

"Three weeks ago, my family and I were spending the weekend in our beach house, pacific shore in Guatemala, it was mid day and we all were around the pool, suddenly we heard a really strong bang in the air, kind of like gunshots and then this rock bounced hard and fast in the cement floor and went into the pool, it hit first the roof which has a 45 degree angle, in which i assume the banging noise was made, thank God it didn't hit any of us. The noise was so hard that the maintenance guy came from the other side of the house sure that shots have been fired. My daughter took it out from the water and the first thing that got to my attention was that it was very dark (black) with little white specs, and a couple of dark red specs as well on it, and heavy for its size."

"Well, I walk down there 1 day and nobody goes down there it's fresh snow laid out. Well the pond had a big [redacted] hole in the middle and it cracked from side to side in web form the pond is about a half acre. Then I found a hole in the snow with this in it. ... Now this is 100 percent for a fact, it did fall from the sky. ... There is no way nobody put it there because there was a hole in the snow & there was no footprints around for miles. Only way is if someone dropped it out of a helicopter."

"A colleague and I were in front of my store on Friday night/Saturday morning, and during the middle of our discussion we heard and felt something land right next to us in the parking lot. We both immediately reacted to it as though something was thrown at us, but there were no people or vehicles around. During our reaction, there seemed to be more pieces falling, and both of our reactions were akin to it “raining” objects from the sky. After the noise of falling objects stopped, we noticed the larger rock (of the three samples that I have gathered) laying adjacent to us. This rock was wedged in between the asphalt of the parking lot and the cement of the curb leading to the walkway in front of my store. I mentioned to my colleague that something had hit my knee (I was sitting at the time of the impact) and we immediately noticed another fragment on the walkway next to my stool. Finally, we spotted a third fragment to our left, also on the asphalt. After discussing what the rocks could be, we felt as though a single rock had impacted near us and then broke into fragments, explaining the “raining” effect that we had considered. Upon coming to this conclusion, we decided to investigate the general direction from where we had heard the initial impact, and we quickly found what looked to be a pair of impact trails. We took a photo of one of the trails (a linear pile of powdered debris) and that was the end of the night. Observations: After looking at the rocks immediately upon discovery, I felt as though they resembled cement or concrete."

"I live in Tucson, AZ on the Air Force base, Tuesday morning I heard a loud thud hit my garage, I didn't think much of it until I was about to walk my dog and found a rock sitting in my drive way. I brought it into the house. Later on when school was out my daughter came home and said it was a moon rock."

"Day before yesterday around noon while having tea with a friend on my back patio, I heard a "pop" behind me, and almost instantly something smacked hard into the concrete just behind my chair and then went whizzing across the patio and into the grass. It came from the upside of a steep hill just behind my house and after looking at the ballistics, it appears to have skipped off of rocks and perhaps a gravel road before reaching my patio."

"Yesterday walking to my son's track meet i saw this rock fall from the sky (others saw it to) it hit the curb in the parking lot and broke in half."

"Many years ago a friend and his buddies, who were michievous lads in a rural area, found an old yoke from a lawnmower. Pondering what to do with such a find, he came up with the idea of making a giant slingshot. They found some truly huge rubber bands and collected a stash of appropriate sized stones, and they managed to rig up the device in an abandoned field outside town. They disported themselves on a fine morning by launching their missiles idly into the air until they became bored, then wandered off in search of fresh amusement. The next day, there was a story in the local paper about a mysterious hail of rocks from the sky. No one was hurt, but several cars suffered some damage."

"Yesterday afternoon my wife and I were sitting in my backyard in Independence Kansas. We had our patio umbrellas up and heard a sound not unlike really fine sand raining down on the umbrellas and a nearly simultaneous thud on the roof which is directly beside the umbrellas. This rock rolled between us."

"One Night, I saw a flame blue and yellow coming from the sky very very fast and them landed in the beach, I hear a big noise and I went to see what happened it was about 23 hours I was closing my shop near the beach, I went to the beach and I saw a big hole I started to dig and I did not find anything I went home and I was thinking all night about it. The next day I went to the same place about 6 AM and I started to dig and after 2 hours I found one small black stone I was digging more and after 30 minutes I found other Black Stone square, small one side is concave."

  
One of the best "thud" stories that I've been sent

About 2 weeks ago, The family and I decided to go out for gelato. I took the dog out to pee, and was standing about 5 feet from my car. It was evening, sunny, calm wind. Suddenly, a loud crash hit the sunroof of my car, splaying glass on the dog and I. Honestly, I thought it was a gunshot...after all, we live in New Orleans. After ducking and waiting for the next shot which did not come, I approached the car.

Now you have to understand at this point, that I have only had the car back in my possession for about a week since a tree fell through the sunroof during the "tropical depression" that blew through here..

Anyway, as I went to the car, my husband came out of the house with our disabled daughter to go to the gelato joint. I told him what happened and he climbed up to survey the damage.. In the middle of the sunroof was a hole the size of a rock, and it hit with enough force to crack the edges of the sunroof...the rock had gone through and was lodged under the glass.

Now, do I believe that a meterorite hit my car, parked in the driveway, minding it's own business just a week or so of having a new sunroof put it...no. But, do I think a kid (there are none around) could have lobbed the rock with that much force to shatter the glass...no.

So, here I am writing to you to ask...what the hell happened???


The sunroof


Rock fragments found in the car.
These rocks are not pieces of a meteorite. They don't have the rounded, aerodynamic shape of a meteorite, they don't have a fusion crust, and they seem to have vugs (holes). Stony meteorites are solid, with no large vugs or vesicles.

  
Another good "thwomp" story

I have this rock that fell in my driveway today.

My first thought from about 20 feet away was that it was some sort of compacted fecal matter that fell from an air craft. If it is that, I am sorry that I have wasted your time. The sound it made when it fell can only be described as a loud thwomp. Roughly 5 seconds after I heard the sound, I opened my front door. (I happened to be standing next to said front door, picking my son up.) There was nobody outside. After taking a picture of it from roughly 3 feet away from it, I put my son to bed, returned and took another picture from one foot away. Those are in the other email I sent you.

The rock is in two main pieces, and one small piece. Altogether it is 12.80" long, 4'5" wide and 3.5" deep. I don't have a magnet to test it with. I don't own a single magnet. It is heavy; heavier than my 25 pound toddler.

If this IS some sort of meteorite or other matter that you have an educative interest in, it is all yours. I am honestly not at all interested in doing a chemical analysis and sawing the rock up or any other such actions. I am not interested in selling it, either.

I just want to make sure, before I throw it out, that it is not something of scientific, geological or educational value. I cannot go out and buy an expensive digital camera with which to take pictures of it, so the quality I am sending is the best I have. I have amended my earlier aversion to touching it (ziplocs are great gloves), and will bring it into my house to take a couple better pictures for you. Past that, I am sticking it in a plastic bag and putting it outside until I hear from you.


The rock.
Again, this is not a meteorite. It's obviously weathered on the exterior. When a meteorite comes through the atmosphere, it loses most of it's exterior material to ablation. Whats's left is not rusty amd weathered.

  

from the Peoria Journal Star

Rock that smashed window likely from recycling center

Friday, April 6, 2007

BY: Fitzgerald M. Doubet
of the Journal Star

BLOOMINGTON - The alleged meteorite that crashed through a Bloomington couple's home last month now appears to have a more earthly origin. Robert "Skip" Nelson, a professor of geology at Illinois State University, along with his colleagues, originally believed the metallic rock that landed March 5 in David and Dee Riddle's home at 25 Partner Place to be a meteorite. Upon further examination, his theory has changed.

"It appears that it was a piece of metal, steel actually, that had been embedded in a log probably as a growing tree," Nelson said. "The log was put into a wood chipper, an industrial wood chipper. Inside the chipper the hammers were revolving at a significant velocity, and when they hit this piece of metal in there, it kicked it out the top of the chipper with a velocity in excess of 200 miles an hour."

Nelson believes the piece of steel - about the size and shape of a deck of cards - inadvertently wound up in the wood chipper at Twin City Wood Recycling on Oakland Avenue.

"They found that it came crashing through the house, and traveling that velocity, the first thought was that it was a meteor," Nelson said. "It was coming down at a 60 degree angle. When it was shot out, or ejected from the chipper, it traveled over 300 meters, more than 900 feet, two city blocks. It was really moving and had a trajectory like you fired it out of a mortar."

John Wollrab, owner of Twin City Wood Recycling, said foreign objects making their way through the chipper is not common.

"It happens from time to time, but we try to prevent that," Wollrab said.

The Riddles plan to keep the shiny black piece of steel around as a memento of their experience.

"It was fun. I'm a little disappointed, though," Dee Riddle said. "It would have been a lot more fun if it had been even something from outer space, maybe not even a meteorite. We have had fun with it, and we will keep it just as a conversation piece."

 

from the Asbury Park Press

Tests show object isn't meteorite

Saturday, May 12, 2007

BY:Joseph Sapia
of the Journal Star
Freehold Bureau

FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP - The flying object that came crashing through the roof of a township house in January was not a meteorite, as initially thought.

Not to worry. It appears man-made, not space invader-made, according to recent testing, information about which was released Friday.

"Basically, it's a piece of stainless steel," said Jeremy Delaney, a Rutgers University meteoriticist who became involved in analyzing the item Jan. 3, the day after it fell and when the homeowner notified township police.

The rock-like item was silver and brown, lumpy but smooth. It was about 2-1/2 inches by 1-1/2 inches, weighing about 13 ounces.

Because the object had no specific distinguishing characteristics, "we can't take it much further" to identify its source, Delaney said. Although it remains an unidentified flying object, Delaney speculated it was "space junk," or spacecraft debris.

Srinivasan Nageswaran, whose family discovered the silver object after it crashed through the roof and into the upstairs bathroom of his home, was disappointed by the news.

"That's the nature of science," the 46-year-old information technology consultant said Friday. "If the conclusion from the test says it's not a meteorite, then it's not a meteorite. We have to move forward.

"It's still the world's most popular metallic object that fell from the sky," Nageswaran said.

Debris falls daily.

About 11,000 items of space debris larger than about 4 inches are known to exist, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. All told, according to NASA, tens of millions of space debris items probably exist.

Over the last 40 years, an average of one piece per day of known space debris has fallen to Earth, with no serious injuries or significant damage to property confirmed, according to the space agency.

"Space junk is kind of a default answer," Delaney said, explaining conventional aircraft would be eliminated as a source because the Federal Aviation Administration reported none in the area at the time of the crash.

Peter Elliott, a Colts Neck metallurgist involved in an early analysis of the object - and who thought it was a meteorite - suspected space debris when told of the test results.

The item seems to have come from space because of a triangle-like pattern, suggesting heat, Elliott said. An item falling from a conventional aircraft at a lower altitude would not have had the heat pattern, Elliott said.

About a week and a half ago, scientists viewed the item under a new, advanced electron microscope at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, then immediately analyzed the results, Delaney said. By the end of that day, the scientists from the museum and Rutgers concluded it was not a meteorite, Delaney said.

The item had chromium, a typical component of stainless steel, Delaney said. A meteorite would have been basically nickel and iron, Delaney said.

"This particular composition is not one we've ever seen (happening naturally)," Delaney said.

The delay in testing the item was a combination of arranging schedules of the Nageswaran family and those of scientists, as well as the availability of the microscope, Delaney said.

"It's a new tool and it's very much in demand," Delaney said of the microscope.

On Jan. 2, the item crashed into the family's home in the Colts Pride development along Route 537. It went through the roof, then into a second-floor bathroom, where it bounced off a tile floor and embedded into the wall, according to township police.

Early on, there seemed a sureness the object was a meteorite. Its shape, density, color and magnetism suggested meteorite, according to Rutgers.

Household stainless steel generally is nonmagnetic, Elliott said. But stainless steel does come in magnetic forms, Elliott said.

"There was a sureness in the evidence that was available - the physical evidence," Delaney said. "But we wanted to test it more thoroughly."

Delaney said he was unaware of any continued analysis now that the item is determined not to be a meteorite.

"I was pretty comfortable from right when I first saw it (that it was a meteorite)," said Elliott, who was not involved in the recent testing. " I wonder how many of the past ones (believed to be meteorites) were fully analyzed."

On Jan. 27, the Rutgers University Geology Museum displayed the object as a meteorite at its open house.

"Oh, well, you win some, you lose some," said Delaney, speaking of the display. "Now, we are in the position of saying, "Oops.' "

The public, now, has a glimpse of how scientific analysis works, Delaney said.

"New experimental evidence routinely causes scientists to change earlier hypotheses that were based on the best information available at that time," Delaney said.

After the object crashed through the roof, various people reported objects falling from the sky. Delaney viewed up to 50 objects, with all turning out to be a "meteorwrong" - not a meteorite.

Of the 50, only one falling in the "same general area" on possibly the same day might be related debris, Delaney said. No more information was immediately available on the other object.

Aircraft debris would have fallen at the same time, while orbiting debris could have fallen over hours, Delaney said.

Had it been a meteorite, within the context of it crashing through a house, "it was probably worth several thousand dollars," Delaney said.

And, now that it is likely man-made debris?

"Zero, regrettably," Delaney said.

Mystery Object From Sky Identified as Woodchipper Part

By: The Associated Press, 18 July 2007, 4:27 p.m. ET

BAYONNE, N.J. (AP) -- A hunk of metal that crashed through the roof of a home had NASA and Federal Aviation Administration officials scratching their heads.

It didn't look "very space-y,'' said Henry Kline, a spokesman for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. " It's obviously made for something ... But we wouldn't know what to do with it.''

It didn't appear to be an airplane part either, the FAA said.

Finally, FAA spokesman Jim Peters said Wednesday, a colleague in his office solved the mystery: It was part of a commercial woodchipper. The same part from another woodchipper's grinder had caused similar confusion last year, he said. [The Bloomington, IL, story above.]

How it got on a Bayonne roof was anyone guess, but Peters had a theory. The grinder piece moves very fast and, apparently, it can launch into the air if something goes wrong.

The man who lives in the house was watching television Tuesday when he heard a crash and saw a cloud of dust. In the next room, he found the hunk of gray metal, 3 1/2 inches by 5 inches, with two hexagonal holes in it.

The part was being returned to Bayonne Police on Wednesday, Peters said.

"It belongs to somebody,'' Police Director Mark Smith said.
  

Mysterious Chunks of Ice Pelt Iowa Town

CNN.com
July 27, 2007

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) -- Large chunks of ice, one of them reportedly about 50 pounds, fell from the sky in this northeast Iowa city, smashing through a woman's roof and tearing through nearby trees.

Authorities were unsure of the ice's origin but have theorized the chunks either fell from an airplane or naturally accumulated high in the atmosphere -- both rare occurrences.

"It sounded like a bomb!" 78-year-old Jan Kenkel said. She said she was standing in her kitchen when an ice chunk crashed through her roof at about 5:30 a.m. Thursday. "I jumped about a foot!"

...

Occasionally, aircraft latrines discharge contents at altitude, resulting in chunks of descending ice. Airplanes also sometimes accumulate ice on their edges in certain atmospheric conditions, including high altitude and extreme moisture, said Robert Grierson, the Dubuque Regional Airport manager and a pilot.

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Object that fell through roof of Dallas home was part of a tree-mulching machine, police say

Associated Press

http://www.startribune.com/nation/40426837.html

February 27, 2009

DALLAS - Police say a 6-pound chunk of metal that crashed through the roof of a Dallas home was part of a machine that was grinding up an unwanted tree nearby.

Sgt. Gil Cerda says: "Mystery solved." So much for the theory it could have been a piece of debris from this month's collision of Russian and U.S. satellites.

Cerda says the metal chunk was a grinding tip of a mulching machine being used by a tree disposal service crew. No one was hurt when it went flying Tuesday.

Senior Cpl. Janice Crowther said no charges will be filed against the business because it was an accident.

The satellite debris theory also came up when a fireball streaked across the Texas sky Feb. 15. That turned out to be a meteorite. It also surfaced last week when a piece of metal crashed through a New Jersey warehouse. That was another errant piece of a mulching machine.




Prepared by:

Randy L. Korotev


Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Washington University in St. Louis


Please don't contact me about the meteorite you think you’ve found until you read this and this.

e-mailkorotev@wustl.edu