Metal Falls From Sky, Crashes Into NJ Business

By | February 20, 2009

1176788The Federal Aviation Administration says a piece of hot metal that crashed through the roof of a Jersey City business did not come from an airplane.

FAA spokeswoman Arlene Salac says investigators examined the metal and determined it is made of cast iron, which is not used in airplanes. She says it’s up to local authorities to determine where the object came from.

Owner Al Smith was fork-lifting a sofa onto a wooden storage platform around 10 a.m. at his moving company when he heard a sound he thought was a bomb.

A piece of warm metal the size of a brick came crashing through the roof just steps from where he was standing. It splintered a wooden beam and crashed into a shelf.

Smith tells WCBS radio that no one was injured. He plans buy a lottery ticket, saying it’s his lucky day.

He says the metal is about the size of a brick and came crashing through the roof around 10 a.m.


Officials at the scene also confirmed to WCBS radio that the metal was too hot to touch for about 30 minutes after crashing through the roof.

via Metal Falls From Sky, Crashes Into NJ Business –

Looks like a grinder tip from an industrial tub grinder:

Yup, mystery solved:

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. – abc

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