Space Debris
Mysterious Debris Crashes
Through Plymouth Warehouse Roof
December 1, 2011


A solid piece of metal crashed through the roof of a Plymouth furniture warehouse on Thursday. Investigators say the debris appears to have fallen from the sky, but it did not come from a plane.

Michael Facchini, the owner of Michael’s Wholesale Furniture Distributors found the 3-5 lb. chunk of debris on the floor of his building off Camelot Drive. Facchini also discovered a hole in the roof of the building.

“Looked up, the ceiling had a big hole,” he told WBZ-TV’s Kathy Curran. “One of the workers came by and noticed the office was a mess and asked if I knew what happened then I looked and saw metal and figured it came from high above.”

No one was hurt by the falling debris. The FAA has sent an inspector to Plymouth to help investigators. They are now tasked with trying to figure out where the metal came from. Officials originally suspected that it could have fallen off of a passing plane, but they have since ruled out that possibility.

A hole can be seen through the roof of a Plymouth business after a mystery object crashed through.
(Photo by David G. Curran/SatelliteNewsService.com)

“We have no idea what it is. At this point, we can only speculate. No clue,” said Plymouth police Capt. John Rogers. “This would have had to come through with some significant force or velocity to get through the warehouse roof and cause damage.”

At Michael’s Wholesale Furniture Distributors, the fact no one was hurt has employees counting their lucky stars. In fact, they say they’re going to play the lottery tonight after surviving this strange event.

WBZ-TV’s Kathy Curran contributed to this report. 

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Mysterious Metal Object Crashes
Through Roof of Mass. Warehouse
The falling debris drove a hole in the warehouse roof and knocked out ceiling tiles below.
CREDIT: Micheal's Wholesale

A three-pound piece of metal was found lying on the floor of a Massachusetts warehouse on Thursday (Dec. 1). What made this remarkable was the gaping hole discovered directly above it in the roof.

"We don't know when exactly it fell, but we found it at 11 o'clock [a.m.]," Andrew McWilliams, an employee of Michael's Wholesale Furniture Distributors in Plymouth, Mass., told Life's Little Mysteries.

The chunk of metal appears about the same size and shape as a tall, skinny soda can, but the silvery cylinder has a tarnished look to it.

The workers reported their find to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which promptly sent an inspector to investigate. All parties initially guessed that the piece of metal may have fallen off a passing plane, but the FAA later ruled out that possibility, according to CBS Boston. 


Police Eye Texas Man’s Theory On Mystery 
Metal Chunk That Hit Plymouth Business
December 2, 2011


A Texas man may have solved the mystery of a metal object that crashed through the ceiling of a Plymouth warehouse on Thursday.

Danny Dossman, of Belton, Texas says about 6 months ago, the exact same thing happened at his family funeral home. Dossman has the pictures to prove it. He saw our story online and called our newsroom.

“As soon as I saw the piece of metal, it looked so similar to the piece of metal that we had found, I knew it had to be related,” he told WBZ-TV’s Jim Armstrong.

In his case, a chunk of metal flew out of a broken tree grinder at a nearby construction site. In the Texas case, the object flew some 800 yards. That means any grinding equipment in the entire industrial park in Plymouth could be to blame. Plymouth police have asked WBZ-TV to forward them Dossman’s pictures so investigators can have a look.

Of course, we’ll keep you posted.

CBS News Boston - Police Eye Texas Man’s Theory On Mystery Metal Chunk That Hit Plymouth Business

Metal object crashes through suburban roof
Friday, March 12, 2010

CARPENTERSVILLE, Ill. (WLS) March 12, 2010

A chunk of metal crashed right through the roof of a house in northwest suburban Carpentersville and now investigators are trying to figure out what it is and where it came from.

Homeowner Dane Willman was covering part of his roof with plastic Friday night to keep water from coming in through the hole he discovered when he got home. It was apparently created by a 3 pound steel piece about four inches long and 1.5 inches thick. He found it in his bathroom Friday afternoon, apparently from an airplane.
"I went outside and looked at the roof and saw there was a hole in the roof. And OK, things started making sense. Went back in the bathroom and saw that metal part laying on the ground and I said OK, something fell from an airplane," said Willman.


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Metal that fell through Carpentersville roof came from landscaping machinery

By Eric Peterson | Daily Herald Staff
Published: 3/13/2010

The first surprise Saturday was that a piece of metal that fell through the roof of a Carpentersville house Friday was not from an airplane but a grinding bit that flew off a machine at a nearby landscaping business. The next surprise was that the matter is apparently being resolved without lawyers.

Dane Willman, the owner of the house on the 200 block of Orleans Street, initially suspected the metal piece to have fallen from a passing aircraft. Willman found the 4-by-3-inch part on the floor of his bathroom beneath a hole in the ceiling. He discovered it had pierced every floor of his house up to the roof. Carpentersville Police Cmdr. Tim Bosshart said the piece actually came from a piece of machinery that grinds asphalt and spins at 2,200 rpm.

Friday afternoon, about 400 feet away from Willman's house, workers from Illinois Wood Fiber Products, at 99 Day Lane, were using the tub grinder to turn logs into playground mulch. "For the very first time in 16 years, a tooth came loose and flew in the opposite direction of where the tub was facing," company owner Steven Johansen said.

It's rare enough for such bits to come off at all, but when they, do they almost always land in the tub itself or no more than 20 feet away, he added.

Johansen speculated the bit must have ricocheted off a log in the grinder and flew rapidly in the other direction. Because it was already the end of the day and the bits are usually not hard to find, the search for it was put off until the next day, Johansen said.

It appeared Saturday the homeowner and Johansen were settling the matter amicably between themselves.

Johansen said he's already met with and apologized to Willman, whom he already knew casually from the neighborhood, and agreed to make all the repairs necessary to his home.

"This has just never happened before," Johansen said. "It's such a fluke. But we take ownership and responsibility for it, and we'll do the right thing."

Johansen admitted such situations aren't always resolved as amicably as has been the case with he and Willman.

"I'm just happy and proud that he's the kind of person he is and that I'm the kind of person I am," Johansen said.

As unusual a circumstance as it was, Johansen said a recurrence would be physically impossible if the contents of the tub were more dense than on the day of the accident. From now on, the company will put previously processed material in the tub to keep loosened bits from flying away.

Tony Molinaro, spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration's Great Lakes Region, said the FAA was initially contacted about identifying the part but concurred with the Carpentersville police's findings.

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SOURCE: Daily Herald

Hot metal crashes through N.J. business
February 18, 2009


A chunk of burning hot metal crashed through the roof of a Jersey City business this morning. The metal was said to have fallen off some equipment at a nearby business, Reliable Wood.

The hunk of metal made a two-foot square hole in the roof of the business, Al Smith Moving at 33 Pacific Avenue, at around 9 a.m. The metal has two holes in it and was reportedly so hot that workers at the business couldn't touch it for a half hour.  Nobody inside the business was injured.

The FAA sent their unit from Teterboro Airport and determined the object was not from a plane. Jersey City's mayor and other city officials also responding to the scene. For a while it was not clear where the object came from. The business is located in an industrial section of Jersey City. Workers there speculated that the object could have come from a passing plane or from space.

In the past, objects that were initially believed to be from planes have turned out to be projectiles catapulted from the ground. In 2007, a mysterious piece of metal landed in a Bayonne home.

Initially, police believed it fell from a plane. But FAA inspectors who went to the scene determined it was not an aircraft part. Instead, the piece of metal was suspected to have flown off of light rail tracks located near the home.

Reliable wood products officials claim their equipment is routinely inspected but metal fatigue could have caused the freak event. They add the piece was hot from the friction created in the process of chopping wood into mulch. The metal was intially a source of mystery but once its origins were located everyone was feeling blessed no one was hurt.

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