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Object falls from sky, damages man's vehicle


Posted on Monday, 26 December, 2016 | Comment icon 58 comments

The object may have been a piece of falling space debris. Image Credit: CC 2.0 JDP90
Michael Robinson was left perplexed after a strange object fell from the sky outside his house.
The peculiar incident, which took place in Milwaukee three days before Christmas, prompted a police investigation after the falling object left a large dent in the top of his van.


Consisting of a black hollow cone-shape with a heavy top, the object has since been taken away as evidence and so far nobody has been able to figure out exactly what it is.
"They couldn't figure out where it came from," said Robinson. "It looked like a barbecue grill in the snow. It's a round-something, looks like it might be the cover to an engine or something."

"That's a lot of force to put a dent in the top of the van like this."

"I thank God I wasn't standing there when it happened."

Source: Fox 6 Now | Comments (58)


Tags: Milwaukee, Object


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #49 Posted by OverSword on 28 December, 2016, 16:40
You are incorrect, see above.
Comment icon #50 Posted by OverSword on 28 December, 2016, 16:44
Nope.  Look up terminal velocity.  If you were hit by a penny dropped off of the empire state building it wouldn't hurt any more than if it had fallen 60 feet.
Comment icon #51 Posted by stereologist on 28 December, 2016, 19:23
People are often surprised to learn that a small meteorite hits the ground at under 200mph because it is slowed down by the drag of the atmosphere. Pieces from the meteorite that exploded over Chelyabinsk came into the upper atmosphere at 40,000+mph yet pieces were recovered in the soft snow. A large piece that hit a lake was determined to be traveling at 503mph, or 225mps. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chelyabinsk_meteor http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/19/world/europe/russian-scientists-say-they-found-meteorite-fragments.html?_r=1&
Comment icon #52 Posted by Parsec on 28 December, 2016, 19:39
Thank you for clarifying that.  Apparently the US are ahead of others as usual.    Just out of curiosity, what defines the term "falling object"?
Comment icon #53 Posted by Parsec on 28 December, 2016, 19:41
Still, I wouldn't recommend it. 
Comment icon #54 Posted by OverSword on 28 December, 2016, 19:43
Anything.  One of our clients knocked a paint can off of a shelf in his garage and it landed on his car and dented it.  Fully covered.  A falling tree, also fully covered.  Golf ball sized hail denting your car, covered. As long as the repairs are less than half the value of the vehicle it's all paid for.  If it's more they give you the cash value of the car.
Comment icon #55 Posted by Parsec on 28 December, 2016, 19:48
Cool, so from the Empire state building's penny to a meteorite.  Is it standard coverage or is it an add-on?  (sorry for the questions, but I'm curious to understand how things work there)
Comment icon #56 Posted by OverSword on 28 December, 2016, 19:49
It's part of what is called comprehensive coverage which is the minimum plan you are legally required to to carry in order to drive your vehicle.
Comment icon #57 Posted by eddword on 28 December, 2016, 19:57
Maybe it was a chunk of frozen poop from a passing airliner? 
Comment icon #58 Posted by Parsec on 28 December, 2016, 20:21
Cool again, thank you!  I won't ask about excesses and such, otherwise we'd really go off topic, but interesting things to know. 


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