Possible meteorite crashes into home

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 12:00am

It came from outer space - maybe.

The Wolcott Police Department said local resident Larry Beck called them before 10:30 a.m. Saturday and said a baseball-sized rock crashed through his Williams Court home the night before.

Beck said the rock caused damage to his roof, copper piping and cracked the ceiling in his kitchen before coming to a stop.

Beck reported to police he heard the rock crash through his home, but thought that a joint or rafter had been broken.

When he checked the attic the following morning, he said he found the hole in his roof, the damage to the pipes and the rock.

He said the rock had broken in half.

It was believed that the rock was possibly a broken piece of airport runway concrete that had dropped from an aircraft when the landing gear was being lowered because, Beck said, there is a lot of airport traffic over his home at all hours of the day and night.

Bradley International Airport and Oxford Airport are nearby.

Wolcott police said the New England Regional Office of the Federal Aviation Administration was contacted and told of the incident and arrangements were made to have someone from the FAA view the rock.

On Monday, the Wolcott Police Department was made aware that a meteor shower had taken place on Friday night and the rock could be a meteorite.

The Peabody Museum, as well as others, have been contacted to help in determining if the rock is in fact a piece of a meteorite. 

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