Hot metal crashes through N.J. business

February 18, 2009 2:37:03 PM PST
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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