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article imageMeteorite crashes through roof of Connecticut home

By Leigh Goessl     Apr 24, 2013 in Environment
Wolcott - An expert confirmed today that an object that sailed through the roof of a Connecticut home was a meteorite. The crash occurred on Friday night.

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On Friday night Larry Beck, of Wolcott, Conn., heard a crash in his attic. The next morning as he was checking things out, he found a significant amount of damage, according to NBC Connecticut.
His roof had a hole, copper pipes were damaged, living room ceiling had a large crack in it and a broken rock lay on the attic's floor.
"All the sheet rock had broken apart and it was on the floor," Beck told the media. The rock was about the size of a softball, said media reports. Beck called police at 10:20 in the morning.
Homeowner Larry Beck shows NBC News the damage in his living room ceiling. The meteorite had come th...
Homeowner Larry Beck shows NBC News the damage in his living room ceiling. The meteorite had come through the roof.
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Initially, authorities thought it was a piece of runway concrete dropped from an overhead plane that was lowering its landing gear and had called the Federal Aviation Administration. The home is reportedly in the vicinity of two airports.
However, after police discovered there had been a meteor shower on Friday night, they contacted experts to examine the rock, according to WTNH News.
"There is no doubt that this is a legitimate meteorite," said Stefan Nicolescu, the collections manager for the mineralogy division at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, reports the Hartford Courant. "It doesn't look like any terrestrial rock."
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Around the same time frame, residents as far away as the coast heard a loud boom. Initially, authorities could not answer questions as to what the noise was, but now they believe it may have been the meteor breaking up.
The piece that hit Beck's house was likely traveling hundreds of miles per hour. Fortunately, no one was hurt.
Nicolescu noted that the rock is very primitive looking and had traveled a "very long way" to arrive in Wolcott. Speculation is that it may have come from the beginning of the solar system.
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