Woman lucky to be alive after meteor lands on pillow ‘inches from her head’

In a million-to-one chance, British Columbia woman Ruth Hamilton was awoken by the sound of a fist-sized space rock smashing through her roof and landing on her pillow

A woman is lucky to be alive after a meteor crashed through the roof and landed on a pillow just ‘inches from her head’.

Ruth Hamilton was awoken by a loud bang but she couldn’t figure out where the noise had come from – then she realised she was covered in dust and there was a hole in her ceiling.

She then looked back to the bed and found there was a fist-sized rock lying on her pillow, having crashed through the roof and landing right next to where Ruth’s head had been, as the Daily Star reports.

In a panic, Ruth, from British Columbia, Canada, called the police who investigated – and soon it was determined that the rock was actually a meteor – and was potentially billions of years old.

Speaking to Castlegar News, Ruth said: “We called the Canyon project to see if they were doing any blasting and they weren’t, but they did say they had seen a bright light in the sky that had exploded and caused some booms.

“I was shaking and scared when it happened. I thought someone had jumped in or it was a gun or something. It’s almost a relief when we realised it could only have fallen out of the sky.”

Ruth says she’s “totally amazed” that a rock from space that could potentially be “billions of years old” landed on her pillow.

But, she says, if it had landed a few inches to the right it could have been a very different story.

She continued: “The only other thing I can think of saying is life is precious and it could be gone at any moment even when you think you are safe and secure in your bed – I hope I never ever take it for granted again.”

Ruth contacted her insurers to see if she could get some help repairing the damage to her roof.

She says they’d told her they had never had a claim like this before and would need to visit her home to assess the damage before confirming that she was covered.