Video: Meteorite blasts through Va. roof

updated 1/21/2010 11:57:26 AM ET 2010-01-21T16:57:26

Doctors at a small U.S. medical practice got a big surprise when a tennis ball-sized meteorite punched a hole through their roof. No one was injured.

Dr. Frank Ciampi says the rock struck the two-story building around 5:30 p.m. Monday in Lorton, Virginia, a town not far from Washington, D.C.

He says they heard a loud bang and found the projectile punched through the roof and ceiling, raining down pieces of wood, plaster and insulation.

The half-pound rock split into three chunks. A television station staffer took it to the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of Natural History and experts confirmed it was a meteorite.

They estimated it was traveling about 220 miles per hour when it struck.

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