Renault Clio hit by a meteorite leaving the motor with incredible damage
Locals called the cops claiming a Renault Clio had been hit by a meteor – and it left a gaping hole in the vehicle.
The owner was left baffled when emergency service workers showed up at his door to tell him about the hole blasted through his car. The blast left a chamber approximately 20 inches wide in the roof.
The force of the collision also broke the window of the vehicle while it was parked up in Strasbourg, eastern France earlier this week. Emergency service workers are investigating whether a meteor was responsible.
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Car owner Romain was asleep when police began knocking at his door with the bizarre news. Speaking to TF1 info, he said: "I asked them 'what's going on?', they told me 'it's complicated, you'll see…' And I saw… ".
Local fire captain Matthieu Colobert told Metro: “Upon our arrival, we noticed a relatively large impact, with a diameter of approximately 50 centimetres, which passed through the roof, the underbody and the fuel tank of the vehicle."
Investigators confirmed that there is no radioactivity detected so far. Typically a meteorite would only contain a small amount of radioactive material so this is to be expected.
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Investigators said they couldn't find the suspected meteorite in the car. However, they added that they had a 'hunch' about a hazelnut-sized, lightweight and brown stone found nearby.
But Colobert said the impact of the crash could have been so strong the meteorite 'disintegrated'. Since the space rocks travel at speeds of up to 160,000 miles per hour as they enter the atmosphere.
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Slowing to approximately 200 to 400 miles per hour afterwards. Nuclear physicist and meteorite expert Dr Tim Gregory said he is not convinced the rock will have stellar origins.
He told the publication: “I'm suspicious about the extraterrestrial claims. It would have to be quite a stone to make a hole that big.
“Chemical tests will reveal if the small stone is a meteorite – if it's not, then it's a meteorwrong.” Royal Observatory Greenwich's Dr Greg Brown said he was waiting on more data, but added that the meteorite theory wasn't 'impossible'.
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