A Thud in the Night
fascinated by the numerous stories that 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 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
found a strange rock in front of my house that just seemed to have appeared
"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 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
"I found this rock at a
site that I thought at first may have been a lightning 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
"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, definitely not there yesterday ( i
"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
sending you 2 emails with 2 different pictures of this rock I found lying
in my back yard one morning i got up to go to
"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
"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
"During the meteorite
shower in early August, I believe what seems to be a meteorite fell in the
yard of my daughter’s 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 scorched 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
"I have a son that is
now 19 the other day he came home and was telling me this story about when
he was little He and a friend saw this really bright fiery light fall from
the sky and hit the ground. They were all excited and told a bunch of
people in a restaurant but everyone ignored them. The next day they went to
look to see if they could find out what they saw fall from the sky and in a
cemetery 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 friend happened to be in the same cemetery 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 surface 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
severely 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
"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 windshield 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."
respect your opinion but we are sure that we have seen it falling 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
"I was driving home one
night, still in Virginia, about 9 p.m. est on a
long straight road that has nothing but farmer’s 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
"7 years ago I saw a
meteor falling above me. I slowed to a stop as it's fire-ball got larger
until 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
"In August of the year
1957 I was on summer holidays 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
sky object 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 ...laid down her
rake....went back later for it.....and this rock was laying there."
"In the early 1900"
my great grandparents were awakened early one morning around 3.00am. by
something falling into their front yard when day lite came my great
grandfather dug this meteorite up, it was still smoking."
"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 weighs at
least 20 pounds."
"I believe it is a
meteorite because my window was broken and it left a huge circular area
where 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 2004 winter 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 Difficult 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 meteorites 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 it’s 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 husband’s 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
"I have experienced
rocks falling on my house. I know that these rocks are coming from Heaven,
just need for it to be confirmed."
believe this is a meteor(rite) i found in the
afternoon on my deck on 04/24/07
i photographed it immediately....i’d 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 friend’s
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
slightly smaller, but not spherical like one, seemed to be sort of
metallic, and heavy for its 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 a lot 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 neighbors 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
"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 metallic 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
meteorites 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
" 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 metallic 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
"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 wasn’t there the day
before. The rock is a light brown and light black on one side. The rock
didn’t 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 didn’t
grab or maybe just a little if my imagination didn’t 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 bark dust."
"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
"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 its 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 grandparent’s 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 grandparent’s 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
"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 didn’t 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
stepped 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."
assure you it’s meteorite because the lad didn’t look for it .he watched 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 where it was
lying ! he recognized it coz its sight becomes different while he was
walking 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
parent’s 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
"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 opposite 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 man’s
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 mother’s 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 loud bang
and I saw it right the way!!! - the pieces (2) just flew into my terrace. I
was standing on the patio 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
"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
"Many years ago a friend
and his buddies, who were mischievous 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
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 meteorite hit my car, parked in the driveway,
minding its 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???
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.
Rock Actually Looks Like A Meteorite
“Forty years ago, I was
bringing in turf from a bog with my father and I heard a loud 'woshhhh' sound. I looked up and saw (what looked like)
a big silver ball with a big long trail of light behind it. Suddenly there
came splinters off it and it went out. There was a trail of (what looked
like) smoke for a few seconds after it disappeared and there was a loud
thud. It frightened me, but my father said it was just a 'shooting star and
if you get it, it will bring you luck forever'. It fell quite near to us,
in a small grazing field. I went over to where it was and picked it up. It
was on top of the ground and there was nothing else in the field. I brought
it home and left it on a flower bed at home and there it sat for 40 years.
I knew nothing about meteorites then but since, with media/internet and
school I have learned more about them. It’s been on my mind to get it
looked at and would love to get it checked out.”
have this rock that fell in my driveway today.
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
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.
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.
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
Again, this is not a
meteorite. It's obviously weathered on the exterior. When a meteorite comes
through the atmosphere, it loses most of its exterior material to ablation.
The remaining material is not rusty and weathered.
That Smashed Window Likely from Recycling Center
April 6, 2007
Fitzgerald M. Doubet
of the Journal
- 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.
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."
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
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
Wollrab, owner of Twin City Wood Recycling, said
foreign objects making their way through the chipper is not common.
happens from time to time, but we try to prevent that," Wollrab said.
Riddles plan to keep the shiny black piece of steel around as a memento of
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
Show Object Isn't Meteorite
May 12, 2007
of the Journal
TOWNSHIP - The flying object that came crashing through the roof of a
township house in January was not a meteorite, as initially thought.
to worry. It appears man-made, not space invader-made, according to recent
testing, information about which was released Friday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
still the world's most popular metallic object that fell from the
sky," Nageswaran said.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
item had chromium, a typical component of stainless steel, Delaney said. A
meteorite would have been basically nickel and iron, Delaney said.
particular composition is not one we've ever seen (happening naturally),"
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.
a new tool and it's very much in demand," Delaney said of the
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.
on, there seemed a sureness the object was a meteorite. Its shape, density,
color and magnetism suggested meteorite, according to Rutgers.
stainless steel generally is nonmagnetic, Elliott said. But stainless steel
does come in magnetic forms, Elliott said.
was a sureness in the evidence that was available - the physical
evidence," Delaney said. "But we wanted to test it more
said he was unaware of any continued analysis now that the item is determined
not to be a meteorite.
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
Jan. 27, the Rutgers University Geology Museum displayed the object as a
meteorite at its open house.
well, you win some, you lose some," said Delaney, speaking of the
display. "Now, we are in the position of saying, "Oops.'
public, now, has a glimpse of how scientific analysis works, Delaney said.
experimental evidence routinely causes scientists to change earlier
hypotheses that were based on the best information available at that
time," Delaney said.
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.
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.
debris would have fallen at the same time, while orbiting debris could have
fallen over hours, Delaney said.
it been a meteorite, within the context of it crashing through a house,
"it was probably worth several thousand dollars," Delaney said.
now that it is likely man-made debris?
regrettably," Delaney said.
Object from Sky Identified as Woodchipper Part
The Associated Press, 18 July 2007, 4:27 p.m. ET
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.
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.''
didn't appear to be an airplane part either, the FAA said.
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,
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.
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.
part was being returned to Bayonne Police on Wednesday, Peters said.
belongs to somebody,'' Police Director Mark Smith said.
Chunks of Ice Pelt Iowa Town
July 27, 2007
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.
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
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
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.
that fell through roof of Dallas home was part of a tree-mulching machine,
- 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.
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.
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.
Cpl. Janice Crowther said no charges will be filed against the business
because it was an accident.
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.