The Real Trouble Began Later for the Only Person Ever Hit by a Meteorite

2nd July, 2021.      //   General Interest  // 

The “Hodges meteorite” caused troubles for the woman who was hit, but it brought good luck to at least one neighbor.

Only one person has ever been hit directly by a meteorite in recorded history. On November 30, 1954, Ann Hodges, 34, was asleep under quilts on her couch in Sylacauga, Alabama, when a nine-pound meteorite fell through the roof, bounced off a radio, and struck her in the thigh.It resulted in a significant bruise and catapulted her into both modest stardom and a big court battle with her landlord, who believed she had the rightful ownership of the rock.

One of her neighbors did benefit from the meteorite. A local farmer, Julius Kempis McKinney, discovered a fragment of the “Hodges meteorite” that was less than half the size of the one that impacted the woman it was named for. According to the Decatur Daily, McKinney told his postman, who assisted him in finding a lawyer to negotiate the sale of his treasure. He eventually acquired enough money to purchase a car and a home.

Bill Field, another neighbor, told the Daily that he saw the meteorite when he was five years old. He told the newspaper, “I was standing in the back yard with my mother, who was hanging clothes on the line.” “I recall pointing out to my mother this item shooting across the sky with a white trail. A thunderous blast and black smoke erupted.”

meteor small-largeHodges remains the only well-documented case of someone being hit by a meteorite, sixty-two years after her brush with the skies. Humans, on the other hand, have continued to be impacted by space debris. In Peekskill, New York, in 1992, a meteorite streaked through the sky before colliding with a woman’s parked automobile. The repair expense was undoubtedly a little painful, but she was unharmed during the strike.

A 40-pound meteorite shattered the roof of another residence, this time in New Orleans, in 2003, although no one was injured. A meteorite strike in Peru in 2007 made people sick by releasing arsenic fumes from an underground water supply, according to Brian Howard of National Geographic. A meteorite exploded over central Russia in 2013. 1200 persons were hurt and $33 million was lost as a result of the subsequent shock wave.

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