Meteorite Crashes into Connecticut Home

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht
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A baseball-sized rock that crashed through the roof of a home in Wolcott, Conn., was a 4.5 billion-year-old meteorite, a Yale scientist said.

Larry Beck called the police Saturday after the rock smashed through his roof and ceiling and cracked his kitchen floor on Friday night. "It sounded like a gunshot, but it was louder, a bang," Beck told WAFB. His neighbors also reported hearing the bang.

"We looked up and saw the ceiling coming down and broke away the sheet rock in the dining room,” he said. The following morning, he checked the attic and found damage to pipes.

"As I'm crawling across, I say 'honey, I can see some daylight coming through the roof," he recalled telling his wife.

"For this to crash through asphalt shingles, the roof, smash copper pipe, crack a ceiling, it was moving very quickly," said Wolcott police Chief Edward Stephens.

Authorities originally thought the rock might have been a piece of runway from the nearby airport. After examining it on Tuesday, though, Stefan Nicolescu, the collections manager for the Mineralogy Division at the Yale Peabody Museum, said it was a meteorite. Nicolescu told NBC that it likely belonged to the Lyrids meteor shower that occurs each year as the planet crosses the orbit of the comet Thatcher, from April 16-26.

Sources: WAFB, UPI, NBC Connecticut