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Meteorite strikes Va. doctors office

Doctors at a small practice in Lorton, Va., got a big surprise when a tennis ball-sized meteorite punched a hole through their roof. No one was injured.

Dr. Frank Ciampi said the rock struck the two-story building around 5:30 p.m. Monday.
He said they heard a loud bang and found the projectile punched through the roof and ceiling, raining down pieces of wood, plaster and insulation.

The half-pound rock split into three chunks. Experts at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History confirmed it was a meteorite.

They estimated it was traveling about 220 miles per hour when it struck.

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