HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP, NJ – A metal object believed to be a meteorite tore through the roof of a central New Jersey home this week, breaking through hardwood floors and billowing through a bedroom. The family who owned the house discovered a black, stone-sized potato in a corner – still warm.
No one was injured and there was no serious damage to the home, police in Hopewell Township, north of the state capital Trenton, said. The object measured about 4 by 6 inches (10 by 15 centimeters) and weighed about four pounds (1.8 kilos), police said.
Suzy Kop, whose family owns the house, said at first they thought someone had thrown a rock into the upstairs bedroom on Monday, but soon realized that wasn’t the case. The family plans to meet with an astrophysicist to investigate the matter further.
“We thought it was a meteorite, came here, hit the floor here because that was completely destroyed, it ricocheted up to this part of the ceiling and finally came to rest on the floor there,” Kop told Philadelphia’s KYW-TV . “I touched the thing because it thought it was a random rock, I don’t know, and it was hot.”
Kop said hazmat officials responded to their home to check it with his family, in case they had been exposed to some type of radioactive material, but all checks came back negative.
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Photo: This photo provided by the Hopewell Township Police Department shows a metal object believed to be a meteorite on a hardwood floor of a residence in Hopewell Township, NJ The object was punched through a hole in roof of a central New Jersey home, which broke into a hardwood. floor and lying around the room. The family who owned the house discovered a black, stone-sized potato in a corner – still warm. (Hopewell Township Police Department via AP)
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