A woman in Canada woke up in shock earlier this week when a boulder crashed into her roof and fell onto her bed, narrowly missing her but splashing pellets and other debris all over her face, while her dog barked frantically.
Police were called and the perpetrator was initially suspected of being a nearby construction site, where the work must have sent a fist-sized projectile onto the woman’s pillow. But when construction workers said they had not detonated any explosions — but had just seen an explosion in the sky — the consensus quickly became that the rock was a meteorite, the Canadian Press reported.
Ruth Hamilton was fast asleep in Golden, a small town in the middle of the Rocky Mountains, British Columbia, on October 3 when her dog started barking and she woke up with a splash.
“I’ve never felt fear in my life before,” she said. “I wasn’t sure what to do, so I called 911, and when I was talking to the clerk, I turned my pillow and saw that a rock had slipped between two pillows.”
It turns out that there was meteor shower in the sky over the western Canadian region that night. Hamilton plans to conserve the space rock and is very relieved that she was unharmed.
“I was in shock and sat here for a few hours shivering,” she said. “The odds of that happening are very small so I am very grateful to be alive.”