Authorities in northern California (United States) are investigating the possibility that a meteor destroyed a house in Nevada County.
According to the TV channel ABC7 The house caught fire after some witnesses described seeing a luminous ball fall from the sky on the evening of November 4 (local time).
Mr. Dustin Procita, the owner of the house hit by the meteor strike, said: “I heard a loud bang and started smelling smoke, then the house was completely engulfed in flames.”
Current state of the house after its destruction by a meteor
Current state of the house after its destruction by a meteor – (Photo: KCRA).
“They said it was a meteor fragment.” Mr Procita responded when asked what could have fallen on his house.
“I used to watch meteor showers and stuff when I was a kid, but I definitely didn’t expect them to land in my backyard or through my roof. I didn’t seeing what it was, but according to the neighbors’ lines, it was a ball of fire falling from the sky.”
Mr. Procita added that people here are mostly farmers or cattle ranchers.
Mr. Dustin Procita, the owner of the house that was hit by the falling meteor
Mr. Dustin Procita, owner of the house hit by the meteor fall – (Photo: KCRA TV)
Captain Josh Miller of the Penn Valley Fire Department said: “The space here is airy, it’s a livestock farm and there’s not much around.”
At the same time, NASA said: “The Taurid meteor shower is underway, with its peak this weekend.”
Astronomers also say that this meteor shower will increase the number of fireballs that will shine very brightly.
Radio KCRA in Sacramento also reported: A bright ball of light appeared, illuminating the dark northern California sky around 7:30 p.m. (local time), landing in a “nowhere” location.
The Penn Valley Fire Department, along with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, battled the fire for several hours and are currently investigating what started the fire in this rural area.
“Meteors, asteroids, one of those two causes fires. A lot of people have talked to me about it.”Captain Miller said.
As he and his wife picked up the remaining pieces of his house, Mr. Procita joked: “They say there’s only a 1 in 4 trillion chance that a meteor hitting the Earth will hit my house, so I’ll probably buy a lottery ticket today.”
Camera footage shows the meteor passing the house at close range
Camera footage shows a meteor passing near the house – (Photo: NY POST).
Firefighters arrived on scene to put out the fire.
Firefighters arrived on scene to put out the fire – (Photo: CAL FIRE)
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Authorities in northern California (United States) are considering the possibility that a meteor destroyed a house in Nevada County. The house caught fire after a few…