14yr-old survives after being struck by meteorite travelling at 30,000mphJune 12th, 2009 - 6:12 pm ICT by ANI
London, Jun 12 (ANI): A 14-year-old boy, who was on his way to school, was struck by meteorite, which crashed to earth in a ball of flames at 30,000mph.
Gerrit Blank, who was just leaving his home in Essen, Germany, when he spotted the fireball hurtling towards him out of the sky, said the meteorite bounced off his hand and left a foot-wide smouldering crater in the tarmac.
“I suddenly felt a pain in my hand. A split second later there was an enormous bang like a crash of thunder,” the Mirror quoted him as saying.
“When it hit me it knocked me flying and then was still going fast enough to bury itself into the road.
“The noise was so loud that my ears were ringing for hours afterwards,” he said.
The impact has left the teenager with a three-inch scar on his hand.
“It’s a real meteorite. It’s very valuable to scientists,” Ansgar Korte from Essen’s Walter Hohmann observatory said.
He also said that the chances of being hit by a meteorite are one in 100million.
“Most don’t reach the ground as they disintegrate in the air,” he added. (ANI)