Woman ‘napping on sofa’ when 125mph meteorite smashed through roof and hit her

A metallic meteor punched a hole through a woman's house earlier this month, before smashing into the hardwood floor and bouncing around one of the bedrooms.

Suzy Kop was in her home in Hopewell Township, New Jersey, on May 8, and was lucky to avoid being hit by the "warm, potato-sized" space rock.

One woman, the only human known to have been injured by direct impact of a meteorite, wasn't so lucky back in 1954 when she was rudely awoken from a nap by a harsh message from space.

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On November 30, 1954, Ann Hodges was snoozing on her sofa in the afternoon in Alabama when an approximately 8.5-pound, 4.5-billion-year-old rock burst through her roof, bounced off her radio and smashed into her side, leaving her with a massive bruise.

"You have a better chance of getting hit by a tornado and a bolt of lightning and a hurricane all at the same time," Michael Reynolds, a Florida State College astronomer told National Geographic.

A larger space rock had split in two, one penetrating Ms Hodges' roof, coincidentally across the street from a theatre named The Comet, the other landing about half a mile away in a farmer's field.

Hodges’ neighbors reported seeing “a bright reddish light” crossing the sky “like a roman candle trailing smoke.” Others said they saw a “a fireball, like a gigantic wielding arc.”

"We had a little excitement around here today,” Ann Hodges told AP. She was hospitalised the next day as the pain wrecked her sleep.

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The excitement continued afterwards as Ms Hodges' landlady claimed ownership of the meteorite as it landed on her property.

“Suing is the only way she’ll ever get it,” Ann Hodges said, adding, “I think God intended it for me. After all, it hit me!”

The case eventually was settled out of court with Guy getting $500 (around £4,500 today) to let Ann Hodges keep the meteorite.

The family couldn't find a buyer for the rock so used it as a doorstop for a while before donating it to the Alabama Museum of Natural History.

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