The Aftenposten newspaper in Norway reports that earlyWednesday morning, the country was struck by a meteor thathad theexplosive force of the atomic bomb that was dropped onHiroshima in 1945.The meteor hit the side of a mountain. There are no reportsof damage or casualties, but if the impact was as great asit appears, it is one of the most significant such events indecades.
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Around midnight near Chicago on March 26, 2003, Steven Simon and Lawrence Grossman were woken up by a 2,000 pound meteor crashing nearby. Noe Garza was asleep when a piece of it burst through his ceiling, bounced across the room and broke a mirror. “I thought somebody was breaking in,” he says. “It was a big bang. I can’t really describe it.” Another resident whose home was hit says he thought a plane had crashed.

Robert Roy Britt writes in space.com that Simon and Grossman, both scientists at the University of Chicago, decided to investigate the event. The meteor was seen in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Missouri. Simon and Grossman collected pieces of the rock, as well as eyewitness accounts, in order to determine its size and speed.
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Fifteen-year-old photographer Jonathan Burnett snapped a digital photo of a bright light sailing through the sky, and another amateur photographer caught the same image from a different angle. These photos have scientists around the world mystified about what the mysterious light was, since it turns out it wasn’t a meteor.
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A meteorite crashed in eastern India, injuring five people and destroying two houses. It lit up the night sky and rattled windows before it crashed to the ground. One resident says, "It was all there for just a few seconds but it was like daylight everywhere." And in Louisiana, a meteor punched a hole in Roy Fausset?s roof. He says, "The powder room door was open and it looked like an artillery shell had hit the room."

The Louisiana meteor fell with enough force to punch a hole through the roof and descend two floors before coming to rest in the crawl space beneath the house. It was a sandy-colored rock that looked burned around the edges.
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