This woman woke up to a nightmare when a meteorite nearly collided with her head on October 4. Ruth Hamilton of British Columbia awoke to a crash, followed by a rock landing on her pillow. Hamilton felt the dust on her face and began piecing together the events that led to her rude awakening.
“I just jumped up and turned on the light, I couldn’t figure out what the heck had happened,” Hamilton told Victoria News.
Once she realized what happened, Hamilton called 911 to report the meteor crash. At first, officers suspected the incident to actually be the result of local construction. Close to Hamilton’s house was Kicking Horse Canyon. The area was currently undergoing a multi-phase construction project to improve mobility and safety on its two-way highway.
“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,” the meteorite near-victim shared.
Roughly 52 miles east of Hamilton, fellow British Columbians were enjoying the meteor shower at Lake Louise. Stargazers gathered to snap photos and watching the event in awe.
Hamilton, on the other hand, was still trying to shake off the terror of the situation.
“I was shaking and scared when it happened, I thought someone had jumped in or it was a gun or something,” she said. “It’s almost a relief when we realized it could only have fallen out of the sky.”
Even though the meteorite wasn’t an armed intruder, had the rock fallen just a few inches closer, Hamilton may not have survived.
British Columbia Resident ‘Amazed’ at Meteorite’s Potential Age
Thankfully for Hamilton, the only hole the shooting star left was the one in her roof. After receiving her gift from space, the British Columbia resident took a moment to appreciate that rarity of the moment.
“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.
Though a meteorite doesn’t actually come from a star, it does come from other foreign objects, such as asteroids, comets and meteoroids. The resulting rock on Hamilton’s pillow was likely a piece of debris from one of these orbital objects that survive the passage through the planet’s atmosphere and, apparently, Hamilton’s shingles.
Now that she knows just how special the black rock is, Hamilton plans to keep it around. Already, her grandkids have been able to admire it, too.
”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,” said Hamilton.
“I hope I never ever take it for granted again.”