Lorton, Virginia - Doctors at a small practice in Virginia got a big surprise when a tennis ball-sized meteorite punched a hole through their roof. No one was injured.


Dr Frank Ciampi says the rock struck the two-story building around 5:30 pm on Monday in Lorton, about 32km south-west of Washington.

He says they heard a loud bang and found the projectile punched through the roof and ceiling, raining down pieces of wood, plaster and insulation.

The quarter-of-a-kilogram rock split into three chunks. Television station WUSA took it to the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of Natural History and experts confirmed it was a meteorite.
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They estimated it was traveling about 354 kph when it struck. - Sapa-AP

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Comment by Skycomet the Fallen Angel on January 21, 2010 at 3:45pm
Pretty freakin awesome!
In my opinion the damage to the building is WELL worth the special opportunity of having found a meterorite! Few people ever do! And if that thing was that size now, it must have been a fairly large piece of material BEFORE it entered the atmosphere!

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