Flying metal chunk just a machine part, police say

DALLAS (AP) - Police say a 6-pound chunk of metal that crashed
through the roof of a Dallas home was part of a machine that was
grinding up an unwanted tree nearby.
Sgt. Gil Cerda says: "Mystery solved." So much for the theory
it could have been a piece of debris from this month's collision of
Russian and U.S. satellites.
Cerda says the metal chunk was a grinding tip of a mulching
machine being used by a tree disposal service crew. No one was hurt
when it went flying Tuesday.
The satellite debris theory also came up when a fireball
streaked across the Texas sky Feb. 15. That turned out to be a
meteorite. It also surfaced last week when a piece of metal crashed
through a New Jersey warehouse. That was another errant piece of a
mulching machine.


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