Mysterious rock in insulation may be from space
Associated Press
 
Published December 11, 2003
 
 

SHELBYVILLE, Ind. -- Bob and Brian Weddle have seen a rock or two in their line of work, but the home builders suspect what they found imbedded in foam insulation is a meteorite.

Bob Weddle, 51, and son Brian Weddle, 27, discovered the rock Dec. 1 at a work site near Shelbyville, about 20 miles southeast of Indianapolis.

The rock, about 4 inches around with a porous surface, was about 7 inches deep in the insulation.

``If it fell into a field, I wouldn't have noticed anything about it, but it went through that foam,'' Bob Weddle said. ``If you threw a rock at the foam, it'd bounce right off it. This burned its way through it.''

That's possible, said Abhijit Basu, a geologist at Indiana University. A meteor burning through the atmosphere is ``more than red hot; it's bluish-green hot,'' he said.

But Carl Agee, director of the Institute of Meteoritics at the University of New Mexico, said a meteorite would be more likely to crash through a stack of foam than melt through, however.

Most meteor showers do not produce objects large enough to reach the ground, he said.

The Weddles were trying to find an expert to confirm whether the rock was, indeed, from outer space.

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