October 11, 2021
-New York Post
A Canadian woman is thanking her lucky stars after narrowly avoiding a meteorite that slammed into her pillow while she slept, according to a report.
Ruth Hamilton was snoozing in her home in Golden, a town in southeastern British Columbia, on Oct. 4 when she heard a crash and felt debris on her face, Victoria News reported.
“I just jumped up and turned on the light, I couldn’t figure out what the heck had happened,” Hamilton told the news outlet.
A police officer who responded to her 911 call wondered if the jagged object that landed on her pillow might have come from a nearby construction project.
“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 told the outlet.
“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 added.
The relieved woman said her grandchildren think the meteorite is pretty cool, so she plans to keep it.
“I’m just totally amazed over the fact that it is a star that came out of the sky. It’s maybe billions of years old,” she said, adding that the frightening incident 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,” Hamilton said. “I hope I never, ever take it for granted again.”
As far as the hole left in her home, Hamilton said she hopes her insurance policy covers space invaders.