‘I’ve never been so scared in my life:’ Golden, B.C. woman nearly hit by meteorite

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Ruth Hamilton was in a deep sleep last week when she was woken by her dog barking, the sound of a crash rumbling through her roof and the feeling of debris on her face, a Golden, B.C. resident said Monday.

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She said she jumped out of bed and turned on the lights to find out what had happened, and discovered a hole in her ceiling.

“I’ve never been so scared in my life,” she said of the October 3 incident. “I wasn’t sure what to do so I called 911 and, while I was talking to the operator, I flipped over my pillow and saw a rock slipped between the two pillows.”

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He said a police officer was immediately sent to investigate. Initially, the official suspected that it was debris from a construction site on a nearby highway.

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“They called (the construction site) and they said they didn’t have an explosion, but they saw an explosion in the sky and right then, we realized it was a meteorite.”

They concluded that it must have been a fragment of a meteor shower that occurred earlier that night.

She said the officer soon left, but she could not sleep again.

“I was in shock and I was trembling here for a few hours,” she said. “The chances of that happening are very slim so I’m very grateful to be alive.”

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Aside from concussion, Hamilton said she has survived any injuries, but plans to keep the reef.

She said the insurance company has inspected the damage and is now focusing on fixing it.

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