A northern California man has claimed that his home was destroyed by a meteorite on Friday, after several witnesses reportedly saw a ball of light descending from the sky.
“I heard a big bang. I started to smell smoke and I went on to my porch and it was completely engulfed in flames,” local rancher Dustin Procita, whose home was destroyed, told the local television news station KCRA.
“They said it was a meteor,” Dustin Procita, of Nevada county, California, added. “I did not see what it was, but from everybody I talked to – [it] was a flaming ball falling from the sky, landed in that general area.”
Witnesses came from all over the region following the path of the bright ball in the sky to see where it landed and that path might have led to Dustin Procita’s home. He was inside the house with his two dogs when he said something hit his home and started a fire.
He managed to save his rat terrier dog and tried to get back inside for his other family dog, but couldn’t save him. The dog died in the fire.
“Definitely feel very lucky that it was 30 feet away from me and not five,” he added.