Ephrata, Washington: A portion of the flammable rocket debris seen across the northwestern Pacific sky last week crashed on a farm in the eastern state of Washington, authorities said.
Following the March 25 incident, a farmer discovered an almost intact piece of rocket in a private field, Messenger Three places reported.
The approximately 1.5-meter composite wrapped pressure vessel used to store helium left a nearly 10-centimeter dent in the ground, said Grant County Sheriff’s spokesman Kyle Foreman.
No one was injured, he said.
Seattle’s state weather service said the bright objects in the sky reported on March 25 are the remains of a second-stage SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, which leaves comet-like tracks as they burned when they re-entered Earth’s atmosphere.
The farmer, who authorities say does not want to be identified, suspected the trash came from a rocket and left a message at the sheriff’s office over the weekend, Foreman said.
MEPs responded on Monday and contacted SpaceX officials.
SpaceX confirmed it was part of the rocket and has been getting it ever since, Foreman said.