Mon. Aug 15th, 2022

Lucky star! Sleeping woman avoids death inches after meteorite crashes through the roof of her home and lands right next to her on pillow

  • A woman in British Columbia woke up to a crash and a rock on her pillow on October 4th
  • Ruth Hamilton was unharmed, but the flying object left a hole in her roof
  • Hamilton and police determined it was a meteor seen earlier in the sky
  • Her insurance company will now determine if space debris is covered


A Canadian woman narrowly escaped disaster when a meteorite crashed through her roof and landed on the pillow next to her while she slept.

Ruth Hamilton from Golden, British Columbia woke up to the sound of a crash and dust on her face on the night of October 4th.

‘I just jumped up and turned on the light, I could not figure out what the hell had happened,’ Hamilton told Victoria News.

Spectators had enjoyed a meteor observation earlier that night over Lake Louise, about 82 miles east.

Hamilton, who was unharmed, saw a stone on her pillow right next to where her head usually lies.

Ruth Hamilton of Golden, British Columbia woke up to a meteorite next to her on October 4th

Ruth Hamilton of Golden, British Columbia woke up to a meteorite next to her on October 4th

The stone burned a hole through her roof, which the insurance company is still deciding whether to pay for

The stone burned a hole through her roof, which the insurance company is still deciding whether to pay for

She called 911 and she and an officer called to confirm it was not debris from nearby construction at Kicking Horse Canyon.

‘We called the Canyon project to see if they were making explosions, and they were not, but they said they had seen a bright light in the sky that had exploded and caused some barriers,’ Hamilton said.

They eventually settled the meteorite explanation.

‘I was shaking and scared when it happened, I thought someone had jumped in or it was a gun or something. It’s almost a relief when we realized it could only have fallen out of the sky, ‘she said.

Hamilton was not injured and plans to guard the cliff as a memorial to his grandchildren.

Spectators had enjoyed a meteor observation earlier in the night at Lake Louise above

Spectators had enjoyed a meteor observation earlier in the night at Lake Louise above

Meteorites originating from asteroids, rocks orbiting the sun are all about 4.5 billion years old, according to Arizona State University’s Center for Meteorite Studies.

‘I’m just completely amazed that it’s a star that came out of the sky, it’s maybe billions of years old,’ Hamilton said, adding that the cosmic near-death experience has given her a new outlook on life.

‘The only other thing I can think of to say is that life is precious and it can be gone at any time, even if you think you are safe and secure in your bed.

‘I hope I will never ever take it for granted again,’ she said.

Meanwhile, her insurance company plans to conduct a review and determine if burning space material is covered by her policy. The company said they had never dealt with a claim like this before.

Hamilton says she is unlikely to take stargazing or astronomy as a hobby.

‘It’s enough for life, I think,’ she said.

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