French police have been left baffled by a huge hole punched in the roof of a car – and believe a meteorite may be to blame, Ednews informs via MetroUK.
Firefighters were called to a vehicle in Strasbourg in the early hours of Monday morning following reports of a smoking car. They arrived to find a 50cm-wide hole in the roof of the red Renault Clio and a broken window.
Luckily no one was inside at the time.
‘Upon our arrival, we noticed a relatively large impact, with a diameter of approximately 50 centimeters, which passed through the roof, the underbody and the fuel tank of the vehicle,’ said local fire captain Matthieu Colobert.
Further examination revealed there was no radioactivity, although meteorites are not typically radioactive – they contain a similar amount of radioactive material as normal Earth rock.
Emergency services also failed to find a meteorite inside the car, but ‘have a hunch’ about a nearby stone.
‘We didn’t find any objects [in the car],’ said Captain Colobert.
‘Either the object is so small that we couldn’t find it, or the impact was so strong that the object disintegrated and turned into dust. We do, however, have a hunch about a stone.’
The stone, found at the site, is about two centimeters long.
Speaking to AFP, a police spokesperson added: ‘It’s an object the size of a hazelnut, which looks like burnt wood, very light.