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  Space rock smashes through roof
Updated 14 June 2004, 14.29
House owner Brenda Archer shows the rock off
A meteorite the size of a grapefruit has smashed though the roof of a house in New Zealand.

The space rock bounced off the sofa, hit the ceiling again and then rolled under the computer.

Scientists say the 1.3kg rock was travelling at 500 km/h when it struck the house in Auckland. It's the ninth meteorite ever recorded there.

Luckily no one was injured in the hit, which ripped through the building at breakfast time on Saturday.

'Huge explosion'

Home owner Brenda Archer was in the kitchen when the rock crashed into her front room.

"There was just a huge explosion and we looked around and there was just dust everywhere.

"I'm just glad no one was sitting on the couch because they would have got absolutely crowned," said Mrs Archer.

Beautiful specimen

Where the rock came through the ceiling
Where the rock came through
The Archers, who haven't decided what to do with the rock, are following expert advice and drying it out in their oven.

The space specimen could fetch up to 3,400 on the meteorite market.

Most meteorites that enter the atmosphere burn up before reaching the Earth.

So don't worry, the chances of a house being hit by a space rock are billions-to-one.

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