ᴍᴇᴛᴇᴏʀɪᴛᴇ ᴄʀᴀsʜᴇs ᴛʜʀᴏᴜɢʜ ʜᴏᴍᴇ, ʟᴀɴᴅs ɪɴ sʟᴇᴇᴘɪɴɢ ᴡᴏᴍᴀɴ’s ʙᴇᴅ
Earlier this month, a British Columbia woman had a cosmically brutal awakening when a meteorite crashed through the ceiling and landed in her bed.
Ruth Hamilton, 66, told The New York Times that around 11:35 pm on October 3, she was awakened by a dog barking and then heard what she called an “explosion.” Turning on the light, she saw a hole in the ceiling and thought that the falling tree must have crashed into the house. It wasn’t until she called 911 and spoke to the operator that she noticed a 2.8-pound meteorite between the pillows.
“I didn’t feel it,” Hamilton, who lives in Golden, told CTV Vancouver. “It never touched me. I had drywall debris on my face, but not a single scratch. “
However, when Hamilton first saw the space rock, she didn’t know what it was. The police, who reacted to the scene, first consulted with the nearest construction team, deciding that it might be debris from an explosion.
Workers said they did not blast, but saw a “bright ball in the sky,” police told CTV, suggesting that the rock in Hamilton’s bed may have fallen from space. Later, researchers from the University of Western Ontario confirmed that the projectile was indeed a meteorite.
“I was shaking and scared when it happened, I thought someone had jumped, or it was a gun or something,” Hamilton told Pipestone Flyer. “It’s almost a relief when we realized that he could only fall from the sky.”
Western scientists are asking residents of Golden and the surrounding area to keep an eye out for rocks that may be other meteorites and send in any footage of the fireball passing by.
In the meantime, researchers are still studying the meteorite that fell on Hamilton’s bed, but she eventually plans to save it.
“My granddaughters might say that their grandmother nearly died in bed from a meteorite,” she told the Times.