Meteorite falls on a house in New Jersey during a meteor shower

  • The space rock could be related to the Eta Aquarids meteor shower, which originated from Halley’s Comet

A possible meteorite fell on the roof of a house in New Jersey, United States, on Monday night.

It happened at an address located in Mercer County. The police point out that the object, made of metallic material, went through the ceiling and penetrated the wooden floor. The theory? It is a space rock that falls due to the Eta Aquarids meteor shower.

In early May, the meteor shower peaked, so there may be some kind of relationship between the two events.

According to NASA, the Eta Aquarids shower is known for the high speed of its meteors, coming from the remains of Halley’s Comet.

It is believed that more than 48 tons of meteorites fall on Earth every day.

If it is part of Halley’s Comet, it is possible that the 10 x 15 centimeter rock could be worth a lot of money.

Suzy Kop, a resident of the home, told CBS Philadelphia that the rock landed in her father’s bedroom, but no one was home. “I touched the thing, because I thought it was a random rock, I don’t know, and it was hot,” she said.

The emergency services that came to the scene scanned the residents for possible radioactivity.