What hit a Hopewell, NJ house Monday afternoon? Maybe a meteorite
🔴 The metallic object crashed through the roof of a Hopewell house Monday
🔴 It came to rest on the hardwood floor on the house
🔴 Experts are working to positively identity the object
HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP (Mercer) — Police are working to determine what crashed into a house Monday afternoon leaving a hole in the roof.
Hopewell police said the 4-by-6-inch oblong shiny object hit the roof of the house on Old Washington Crossing-Pennington Road around 1:15 p.m. The object went through the roof, the ceiling and landed on a hardwood floor in a second-floor bedroom.
The home was occupied at the time but no one was injured.
Sounded like a rock
Homeowner Suzy Kop told CBS Philadelphia that whatever struck the roof sounded like a rock. The object hit the floor causing some damage and ricocheted up to the ceiling before coming to a rest.
The object was warm to the touch, Kop told CBS Philadelphia.
Just what crashed into the house?
Howell police are working with several agencies to confirm that it is a meteorite, possibly from the Eta Aquariids meteor shower.
According to Space.com, the Eta Aquariids peaked over the weekend. The shower is made up of particles ejected from Comet Halley in 390 BC. It is best viewed in the Southern Hemisphere but can also be seen in the Northern Hemisphere.
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