A CANADIAN woman is lucky to be alive after a meteorite smashed through her roof and landed inches from her head as she lay fast asleep.
Ruth Hamilton was surely star-struck when she awoke to find a pile of space rocks that barely missed her head as she slept in her small town of Golden, British Colombia on October 4.
A woman is lucky to be alive after a meteor came smashing through her ceilingCredit: Ruth Hamilton
The space rock landed just inches from where she laid her headCredit: Ruth Hamilton
“I just jumped up and turned on the light, I couldn’t figure out what the heck had happened,” Hamilton told Vic News of the night in which she heard a loud crashing bang following by debris falling on her face.
That’s when she realized there was a new gush of fresh air blowing through her new skylight she didn’t remember having when she fell asleep hours earlier.
But that wasn’t the most uncanny spectacle of the night – when she looked down at her pillow, she saw space dust that was surely out of this world lying just mere inches from where she had laid her head.
In shock, Hamilton called the police, who arrived on scene to determine the rock was not from a nearby construction site, but didn’t know much else where it came from.
“We called the Canyon project to see if they were doing any blasting and they weren’t, but they did say they had seen a bright light in the sky that had exploded and caused some booms,” Hamilton said.
That’s when it hit them, figuratively: it was a meteor that came crashing through her ceiling.
“I was shaking and scared when it happened, I thought someone had jumped in or it was a gun or something,” Hamilton said.
“It’s almost a relief when we realized it could only have fallen out of the sky.”
“I’m just totally amazed over the fact that it is a star that came out of the sky, It’s maybe billions of years old,” said Hamilton.
At any given point, there are millions of meteors flying through the earth’s atmosphere but rarely do they make their way to earth and land through someone’s bedroom.
They can be seen as high as 75 miles above the earth’s surface and can travel at speeds up to 44 miles per second.
Still, the freak accident left Hamilton in gratitude for her own life as well.
“The only other thing I can think of saying is life is precious and it could be gone at any moment even when you think you are safe and secure in your bed,” she said.
“I hope I never ever take it for granted again.”
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