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A meteorite burned down a US man's house and killed his dog: NASA considers it a hoax

Despite the loss, the California man believes it's time to try his luck.

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A few days ago, thousands of residents of northern California, USA witnessed the annual meteor shower called the Taurids. It can always be seen during the autumn months. These meteorites are believed to have broken off from the tail of Comet Encke and are now circling the Earth's vicinity. Such a meteor shower, as such events are often called, is a bright and human-safe light show that can be seen in the sky when meteorite particles burn up in our planet's atmosphere. But a California resident told local media that one of those meteorites hit his house, causing a fire and destruction of the structure. His dog also died in the tragedy. But NASA considers this either a hoax or just a misunderstanding, writes Futurism.

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According to NASA spokesman William Cook, thousands of residents of northern California a few days ago saw 4 fireballs in the sky, which are actually broke up in the atmosphere and their fragments did not reach the surface.

However, local resident Dustin Prochita, told reporters that one of these fireballs, which was most likely a meteorite from the Taurids shower, fell on his house.

“I heard a big explosion, then I smelled smoke and went out onto the porch, it turned out that the whole house was engulfed in flames,” Prochita told local media.

His neighbors also claim to have seen a fireball and some also suggested that it could be a meteorite. Authorities are still trying to determine the cause of the house fire.

A meteorite burned the house of a US resident and killed his dog: NASA considers this a hoax

A meteorite burned the house of a US resident and killed his dog: NASA considers it a hoax

The head of the local fire department, Josh Miller, told reporters that he himself did not see any fireball, but inclined to trust the eyewitnesses, who one after another claimed that it was a ball. And, according to local residents, it really fell from the sky just near Prochita's house.

But scientists from NASA deny the possibility that one of the meteorites of the Taurid meteor shower could fall to Earth. And even more so, this meteorite could not cause a fire, since such meteorites, if they fall, they are already cold, and not fiery or hot, which could provoke a fire.

At the same time, the man himself told the media that he not only lost his house, but one of his dogs died during the fire. Prochita himself, like his wife, was not injured in the tragic incident. The man believes that if a meteorite still fell on his house, then it's time to try your luck and try your luck.

A meteorite burned the house of a US resident and killed his dog: NASA considers this a hoax

A fallen meteorite burned the house of a US resident and killed his dog: NASA believes this is a hoax

“I was told that the probability of such a meteorite falling on a house is one chance in 4 trillion. I think I need to check how lucky I am and buy myself a lottery ticket, I guess” — says Prochita.

Focus already wrote that in mid-October there were video evidence of the fall of bright objects on the territory of Ukraine, which were characterized as meteorites.

As already wrote Focus, scientists were able to name an approximate number meteorites that do not burn up in the Earth's atmosphere and reach its surface every year.