[meteorite-list] Meteorite just misses Kewanee man
John Sinclair johnsinclairjr at earthlink.net
Wed Sep 29 13:00:02 EDT 2004
Meteorite just misses Kewanee man http://www.starcourier.com/articles/2004/09/29/city/city3.txt By Star Courier staff KEWANEE -- Pat Lee was working outside the Tool Time Rental building on South Main Street Saturday when he heard a bang. A rock had struck the south side of the building, about five feet from where Lee had been working. The rock, according to Tool Time owner Pete Cali, was a meteorite. When it fell to earth, the rock struck the side of the building at an angle, and didn't cause any visible damage to the exterior. Had the meteorite struck a couple of feet farther north, it probably would have punched through the roof of Cali's building, he said. The rock was about four inches across. When it hit the building it shattered into several pieces. It doesn't look like your garden-variety rock. There are small holes in it, which look like wormholes and may have been caused by the intense heat caused by friction as the rock fell through the earth's atmosphere. There are also tiny metallic flakes in the rock, which Cali said are gold. For that reason, and because some people collect such things, the meteorite may have some value. Cali said he read of a metorite found in Texas fetching $1,100.
photo courtesy of Mike Berry - The Star Courier
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