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

From: Meteorites USA <eric_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Jun 2009 10:20:04 -0700
Message-ID: <4A328E44.2080104_at_meteoritesusa.com>

Hi Listees,

The story has gone worldwide fast... The reports are merely repeating
what the original report stated and from what I can see there is no

Skeptical? Is anyone else researching this? Maybe one of our German
friends on-list might lend a hand and call the local paper there that
first broke the story and see if they can get an interview with the boy
to help confirm or verify what actually happened?


Yahoo News UK:




Daily Telegraph: Australia


Has there been confirmation yet? If... And this is a BIG IF. If this is
a real story and th boy really did get hit with a meteorite there could
be more meteorite on th ground. This would be a very famous fall to
recover if it turns out to be verifiable!

Can anyone confirm?

Eric Wichman
Meteorites USA

Meteorites USA wrote:
> 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.
> http://www.bild.de/BILD/news/bild-english/home/regularieninhalte/world-news-ticker/world/2009/06/11/stone-falling-from-space-hits-girl.html
> --------------------------------------------
> 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 Fri 12 Jun 2009 01:20:04 PM PDT

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