September 2, 2014
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - A note to someone in northern New
Jersey: Check what you're putting through your wood chipper.
Al Smith was forklifting a sofa in his moving company's
warehouse in Jersey City on Wednesday morning when he heard a sound
he thought was a bomb. A chunk of hot metal the size of a brick
came crashing through the roof just steps from him. It splintered a
wooden beam and crashed into a shelf.
The Federal Aviation Administration looked at the object and
determined it wasn't from an airplane. Mayor Jerramiah Healy said
the cast iron object came from a nearby wood chipper.
Smith was not hurt but said he was shaken up. He feels so lucky
it missed him that his next step was to buy a lottery ticket.