‘Flaming basketball’ meteorite destroys Californian farmer’s home

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Dustin Procita’s house was engulfed in flames that killed a dog and burned down a trailer and a pickup truck

‘Flaming basketball’ meteorite destroys Californian farmer’s home
Dustin Procita's home in Nevada County
The aftermath shows the damage CREDIT: NBC

A “flaming basketball” meteorite has destroyed a Californian farmer’s home. 

Dustin Procita was at his residence in Nevada County, about 60 miles north-east of Sacramento, when “a big bang” rang out on Friday. 

“I started to smell smoke, and I went on to my porch, and it was completely engulfed in flames,” he told NBC affiliate KCRA. Mr Procita said it looked “like a flaming basketball”.

Local farmer Dustin Procita, whose home was destroyed
Local farmer Dustin Procita, whose home was destroyed CREDIT: KCRA

“They said it was a meteor,” he added. “I did not see what it was, but from everybody I talked to – [it] was a flaming ball falling from the sky [that] landed in that general area.”

Mr Procita’s home was quickly engulfed in flames that killed a dog and burned down a travel trailer and a pickup truck. 

It took almost three hours for the fire to be contained.

The home was quickly engulfed in flames
The home was quickly engulfed in flames CREDIT: @CALFIRENEU
It took three hours for the Penn Valley Fire Department to contain the blaze
It took three hours for the Penn Valley Fire Department to contain the blaze CREDIT: @CALFIRENEU

Investigations are ongoing into whether a meteorite struck Mr Procita’s home. 

“Meteorite, asteroid – one of those two,” the fire department’s captain, Josh Miller, told KCRA. 

“I had one individual tell me about it first and [I said] like, OK, I’ll put that in the back of my mind. But then more people – two, three or four more – started coming in and talking about it.”

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