Lucky star! Sleeping woman avoids death by inches after meteorite crashes through house roof and lands right next to her on pillow
- A woman from British Columbia was awakened on October 4 by a crash and a rock on her pillow
- Ruth Hamilton was unharmed, but the flying object left a hole on her roof
- Hamilton and police determined it was a meteor previously spotted in the sky
- Her insurance company is now going to determine whether space debris is covered
A Canadian woman narrowly escaped disaster when a meteorite crashed through her roof and landed on the pillow next to her as she slept.
Ruth Hamilton of Golden, British Columbia woke up on the night of October 4 to the sound of a crash and dust on her face.
“I just jumped up and turned on the light, I couldn’t figure out what the hell happened,” Hamilton told Victoria News.
Bystanders had spotted a meteor earlier that night over Lake Louise, about 84 miles to the east.
Hamilton, who was unharmed, noticed a rock on her pillow right next to where her head usually lies.
Ruth Hamilton of Golden, British Columbia woke up on October 4 with a meteorite next to her
The stone burned a hole through her roof, which insurance still decides whether she has to pay
She called 911, and she and an officer called to confirm that it wasn’t debris from nearby structures in Kicking Horse Canyon.
“We called the Canyon project to see if they were exploding and they weren’t, but they did say they saw a bright light in the sky that exploded and caused some explosions,” Hamilton said.
They finally came to the explanation of the meteorite.
“I was shaking and scared when it happened, I thought someone jumped in it or it was a gun or something. It’s almost a relief when we realized it could only have fallen from the sky,” she said.
Hamilton was not injured and plans to guard the rock as a memento for her grandchildren.
Bystanders had spotted a meteor at Lake Louise, above, earlier that night
Meteorites that come from asteroids, rocks that revolve around the sun, are all about 4.5 billion years old, according to Arizona State University’s Center for Meteorite Studies.
“I’m just totally amazed that it’s a star that came out of the sky, it might be billions of years old,” Hamilton said, adding that the cosmic near-death experience has given her a new perspective on life.
“The only other thing I can think of to say is that life is precious and it could be gone at any moment, even if you think you’re safe in your bed.
“I hope I never take it for granted again,” she said.
Meanwhile, her insurance company plans to conduct a tour and determine if burning space issues are covered by her policy. The company said they had never dealt with such a claim.
Hamilton says she’s unlikely to take up stargazing or astronomy as a hobby.
“That’s enough for a lifetime, I guess,” she said.