Dark Photos: History’s Only Known Meteorite Victim


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Dark5 presents Dark Photos: There's only one person in recorded history with proof of surviving being hit by a meteorite: her name is Ann Hodges. Sylacauga, a city in central-northeastern Alabama, is known as "The Marble City," because of its marble quarries. It was there on a bright, chilly day on November 30th, 1954, that Ann Hodges was taking her afternoon nap, swathed in quilts on her sofa in her rented home. At 2:46pm it happened: a large rock came crashing through her ceiling, bounced off her radio, and struck her in the upper thigh, leaving a massive, pineapple-shaped bruise. The rock was an 8.5-pound, or 3.8 kilogram, meteorite from outer space and that was still warm to the touch. Local residents and people all across eastern Alabama had witnessed the incoming meteorite. They reported seeing "a bright reddish light like a Roman candle trailing smoke," while others reported incredible explosions that stemmed from "a fireball, like a gigantic welding arc." Others heard tremendous explosions and a brown cloud accompanying the fireball. A government geologist working in a nearby quarry visited the property and concluded that the object was a meteorite. However, many thought a plane had crashed, and others suspected something nefarious by the Soviets. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=of78mV8QOI8