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A boy in Germany was recently hit by a small meteorite.
A boy in Germany was recently hit by a small meteorite. It was about the size of a pea, and left a small scar where it hit. When interviewed by The Telegraph, the boy (named Gerrit Blank) said, "When it hit me it knocked me flying and then was still going fast enough to bury itself into the road." Astronomers analyzed the small object and concluded it was indeed from outer space.
Most meteors burn up in the atmosphere, but there have been a few rare accounts of meteorites hitting homes or cars. In Alabama, a woman reported a meteorite crashing through her roof, bouncing off a piece of furniture, and bruising her hip. Another meteorite hit a parked automobile in New York. Before hitting the car, it was seen as a fireball streaking over the eastern United States. A meteorite weighing three pounds reportedly struck a moving car in Spain, crashing through the windshield and bending the steering wheel.
But don't worry too much. There has never been a confirmed report of a person being killed by a meteorite. I'm sure Gerrit Blank's scar was something interesting to show his friends at school! I wonder if they believed him when he told them how it happened?