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UPDATE: Metal object crashes through N.J. home

By Carolyn E. Price     Jan 3, 2007 in Technology
Unwanted space gunk?
A metallic, rock-like object crashed through the roof the roof of a house in a housing development In Monmouth County, New Jersey. The object is about the size of a golf ball and weighs as much as a can of soup. Authorities are still trying to figure out what it is.
Thankfully, noone was injured when it crashed through the roof into the 2 story home, damaged tiles on the bathroom floor before bouncing into the wall andembedding itself in it.
The rough-feeling object, with a metallic glint, was displayed Wednesday by police. "There's some great interest in what we have here," said Lt. Robert Brightman. "It's rather unusual. I haven't seen anything like it in my career."
The family whose home the object crased into declined to be idenitfied and Lt Brightman would not disclose the exact location of the home.
Approximately 20 to 50 rock-like objects fall every day over the entire planet, said Carlton Pryor, a professor of astronomy at Rutgers University. "It's not all that uncommon to have rocks rain down from heaven," said Pryor, who had not seen the object that struck the Monmouth County home. "These are usually rocky or a mixture of rock and metal."
Laboratory test are being run to determine if the rock is a meteorite.
UPDATE Jan.05.07: Tests have confirmed that the rock is a meteorite, probably from deep within one.
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