Mystery object found locally
Zanesville Times Recorder
August 15th, 2005 ZANESVILLE - Is it a meteorite or just a piece of metallic slag? Tina Cochran and her daughter, Johnna, 16, of 229 Garden St., were walking up the stairs from the Country Time tea shop to the front door of the house between 2 and 3 p.m. Sunday when Johnna spotted the strange-looking rock on the sidewalk amid some mulch that appeared to have been knocked out of the flower bed. The object is heavy for its size and appears to have been subject to high heat. It is rusty-looking, but it had been exposed to rain before it was found. Found near the impact site were two small pieces of a porous, lightweight black rock. Whether they came off the metallic object is uncertain. If the spray of mulch indicates the impact point, the object came in at a slight angle from the southwest. A neighbor's house and a fence block anything coming in at a low angle from that direction. Cochran said she wants to have the object examined, and called Muskingum College. She was referred to someone in the Science Department, but has not yet received a response f rom her voice mail message. She also plans to contact Ohio University-Zanesville.
Rock not meteorite
Zanesville Times Recorder Saturday, August 27, 2005 ZANESVILLE - The strange rock found Aug. 14 at the edge of the flower bed of Tina Cochran of Garden Street is not a meteorite, she reported. Cochran said the rock was finally examined by Eric Law from the Muskingum College Science Department, who told her it had been subjected to high heat, but was not a meteorite. If it was a meteorite, it would have created a crater the size of her store. Cochran admitted she was disappointed, but still wonders where the object came from.