Woman woken by meteorite smashing through roof and landing on pillow next to her
A falling meteorite in Canada smashed through a woman’s roof and landed on her pillow, narrowly missing her head.
On Sunday October 3, Ruth Hamilton, from Golden near Lake Louise, was awoken by the crash of the meteorite striking her roof and the feeling of hot debris on her face.
‘I just jumped up and turned on the light, I couldn’t figure out what the heck had happened,’ she told Victoria News.
When Ruth looked around to see what had happened, she spotted the space rock smouldering on her pillow – right next to where her head had been.
Naturally, she called the police first as she assumed it was some kind of a projectile.
When the police investigated, they ruled out a nearby construction site as the cause and realised it must have come from space.
‘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.
The bright light was the fireball itself, blazing across the night sky above Lake Louise before crash landing in Ruth’s bed.
‘I was shaking and scared when it happened, I thought someone had jumped in or it was a gun or something. It’s almost a relief when we realized it could only have fallen out of the sky,’ she said.
Luckily, Ruth avoided any injuries from the close encounter.
She said she plans to keep hold of the meteorite as a souvenir.
And, as you might expect, the brush with fate has given her a new perspective on life.
‘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.’