On October 4, many were pampered at the sight of a fireball illuminating the night sky, with images of a meteor flying over Lake Louise that enthralled.
Longtime Golden resident Ruth Hamilton, however, slept soundly.
Or at least she was, until she was rudely awakened by the sound of a bang through the ceiling and the feeling of debris on her face.
“I just jumped up and turned on the light, I couldn’t figure out what the hell happened,” Hamilton said.
She said she looked around to direct herself and noticed a stone sitting nicely on her pillow next to where her head usually lies.
Hamilton called 911 and didn’t know what to do with the missile. A police officer arrived on the scene and after finding out that the rock was not there due to construction in Kicking Horse Canyon, they decided on the only other explanation – that a meteorite had come through its roof.
“We called the Canyon project to see if they were doing any kind of explosion and they weren’t, but they said they saw a strong light in the sky that exploded and caused some blooms,” Hamilton said.
“I was shaking and scared when it happened, I thought someone jumped, whether it was a gun or something. It’s almost a relief when we realized it could only fall from the sky.”
Hamilton says she is perfectly fine and has avoided any injuries, and that she intends to keep the rock in the near future, noting that her grandchildren find it very cool.
“I’m just amazed at the fact that the star that came from the sky is maybe billions of years old,” Hamilton said.
She also says the experience has given her a new perspective on life.
“The only thing I can say is that life is precious and it could disappear at any moment, even if you think you are safe and secure in your bed,” Hamilton said.
“I hope I never take that for granted again.”
As for the damage to her home, Hamilton says her insurance company will check to see if the roof holes caused by space debris are covered. Apparently the company has never had such lawsuits filed before.
As for Hamilton, he has no plans to engage in astrology or star observation after the meeting.
“I think that’s enough for a lifetime,” she said.