(Daily Mail) A Northern California man said he believes a meteor fell from the night sky and landed on his property, destroying his home in a massive fire.
Officials are looking into the possibility that the bright flaming ball – that was spotted by several people across the region – was a meteorite that caused the fire in Nevada County on Friday night.
Dustin Procita told KCRA that he was inside the house with his two dogs when something hit the house and started the fire.
‘I heard a big bang,’ he said. ‘I started to smell smoke. I went onto my porch and it was completely engulfed in flames.’
Multiple people all over the region captured the bright ball of fire on camera as it lit up the dark California sky around 7:30 p.m. on Friday night.
The odds of being hit by a meteor – one in four trillion – are considerably less likely than the odds of winning the Powerball jackpot – which is one in 292.2 million. The current Powerball jackpot sits at a whopping $1.9 billion with the next drawing set for Monday.
NASA and the US Air Force will now be contacted as the local fire department investigates if the blaze was caused by a meteor crashing down to earth.
A family in Northern California lost their home and one of their dogs in massive house fire after several witnesses reported seeing a bright ball of light falling from the night sky
Homeowner Procita said he didn’t know what it was at first, but after hearing about the fireball lighting up the night sky at the same time, he believes it was a meteor that landed right on his house
One homeowner caught the ball of light on a Ring camera in Redding, California. The footage shows the bright fireball flash in the sky before descending to the ground in the distance.
Several other people caught the fireball on camera as it fell to the earth, seemingly in the middle of nowhere.
Procita said he wasn’t sure at first what it was, but after hearing about the fireball lighting up the night sky at the same time, he believes it was a meteor that landed right on his house.
I’ve always watched meteor showers and stuff as a kid, but I definitely didn’t look forward to them landing in my yard or through my roof,’ he told KCRA.
‘I did not see what it was, but from everybody I talked to — was a flaming ball falling from the sky, landed in that general area.’
Officials with the Penn Valley Fire Department and Cal Fire battled the flames for hours. They’re investigating what started the fire in this rural area, and say it might have been a meteorite.