[meteorite-list] Meteorite Hits 14 Year Old Girl? Boy?

From: Meteorites USA <eric_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Jun 2009 10:25:00 -0700
Message-ID: <4A313DEC.8050405_at_meteoritesusa.com>

Hi all,

This just in...

Two German news sites report a 14 year old was hit by a meteorite.


"...A pebble-sized meteorite crashed and burned into Earth, grazing
14-year-old Gerritt Blank while on his way to catch the school bus..."

Meteor hits boy on way to school
Published: 11 Jun 09 11:46 CET

?At first, I only saw a big, white ball of light. Then, my hand hurt,
and then it slammed into the street,? he told daily /Westdeutsche
Allgemeine Zeitung/. ?After I saw the white light, I felt something on
my hand.?

The result was a 10-centimetre burn on the back of his left hand, but
Blank knew something special had happened to him.

?I thought the meteor struck me, but it could also be a result from the
heat as it went by me,? he said.

After the intial shock, Blank looked at the glowing rock the left a
sizable crater in Brakeler Wald Street. He then took the iced tea from
his school lunch and doused his glowing pebble and took it to school
with him.

?At school, I told the story. My classmates believed me,? he said. His
parents didn?t get to hear the story until the end of the school day.

Once home, Blank, who plans to focus his studies in science, tested the
round, black object and already found some confirmation the pebble is
from outer space: like many meteorites, the rock is magnetic.

Approximately 3,000 meteorites hit the Earth?s surface daily.

SOURCE: http://www.thelocal.de/national/20090611-19857.html


Another site reports:

SPACE ATTACK Girl hit by stone from sky

SPACE ATTACK. The girl shows the spot where the stone fell.
A girl from Essen, Germany has been hit by a stone falling from the sky.
The 14-year old said: ?I was on my way to school. I saw a white cone of
light. Then my hand started hurting.? The stone made a 10cm cut in her
hand and then fell to the ground. ?I poured ice tea over it and took it
with me,? she said. But where did the stone come from? Could it be a
meteorite? Experts will have to explain.



So is it a boy or a girl? And what is the stone that hit them?

Anyone else have any info?

Eric Wichman
Meteorites USA
Received on Thu 11 Jun 2009 01:25:00 PM PDT

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