A meteorite destroys a car in France: images of the impact

Thousands of meteorites reach the earth’s surface every year and the chance of a meteorite falling on a person is very small.

Most meteorites fall into uninhabited areas or oceans or disintegrate before reaching the ground. This was not the case with a car in Strasbourg, notably a Renault Clio, which was hit by a meteorite, causing a 50 centimeter hole in the roof and a broken window.

Researchers couldn’t find the “meteorite” in the car and said it may have even disintegrated from the impact, but they also said they had a “hunch” about a brown rock the size of a hazelnut nearby.

Local fire department captain Matthieu Colobert said that when they arrived at the vehicle they noticed an impact of about 50 centimeters, which went through the roof, underbody and fuel tank.

At the Royal Greenwich Observatory they say they are waiting for more data, but add that the meteorite theory is not impossible.

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