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Meteorite crashes through roof in Connecticut, scientist says

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Yale Peabody Museum mineralogist Stefan Nicolescu evaluating the magnetic field of a meteorite that fell on a house in Wolcott, Conn. He is holding the portion of the meteorite (which broke in two upon impact) that was brought to the Peabody. (Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History)

A Yale scientist says a rock that crashed through the roof of a home in Wolcott was a meteorite.

Police say resident Larry Bech called them Saturday morning to report that his home had been damaged by a falling rock the night before.

Authorities suspected the object was a piece of runway from a nearby airport.

But Stefan Nicolescu, the collections manager for the Mineralogy Division at the Yale Peabody Museum, examined the rock and tells WVIT-TV it is a meteorite.

Nicolescu says the meteorite likely comes from the Lyrids meteor shower, which happens every year at this time when Earth crosses the orbit of comet Thatcher.