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BC woman woken up by a meteorite crashing through her bedroom ceiling

A woman from BC was awoken by a close call with a meteorite last week.

On Oct. 3, 2021, Ruth Hamilton was asleep in her home in Golden when she awoke to the sound of something crashing through the ceiling, and debris falling on her.

When she jumped out of bed and turned the light on, she saw a hole in the ceiling.

"I’ve never been so scared in my life," she said. "I wasn’t sure what to do so I called 911 and, when I was speaking with the operator, I flipped over my pillow and saw that a rock had slipped between two pillows."

A police officer showed up at her home to investigate, and initially suspected the rock was from a highway construction site.

"He called the (construction site) and they said they hadn’t done a blast but that they had seen an explosion in the sky and, right then and there, we realized it was a meteorite,” Hamilton said.

"I was in shock and I just sat here for a few hours shaking," she said. "The odds of that happening are so small so I’m pretty grateful to be alive."

Although shaken up, Hamilton said she avoided any injuries and plans on keeping the rock.

-With files from the Canadian Press

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