Meteorite mystery in Leeds garden

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Is it an astronomical gift or something much more mundane? David Stevenson is not sure, but he does know that a glowing hot rock appeared in his Leeds garden, apparently leaving a burning ‘impact’ site in its wake.

The 46-year-old was at home in Bramley with a friend when in the early hours of the morning he walked outside to the smell of burning. He found a circular area of grass on his lawn, about a metre wide, that was smouldering away and giving off wisps of smoke.

David Stevenson.

David Stevenson.

He retired to bed baffled but it was only upon closer inspection in the light of day that he discovered a weighty rock, roughly the size of two tennis balls near to the area of parched ground.

Having dismissed any prank or mischief,

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Mr Stevenson believes the rock may be a fragment of meteorite that has been sent crashing onto his garden lawn from outer space. His own tests have found it to be magnetic and it was initially giving off enough heat to light a cigarette.

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He said: “I was having a cigarette with a mate outside and we thought we could smell a bonfire burning. It was really smoky and we noticed, in the corner of the garden, a glowing patch. At first we thought it must be a wind up, someone has thrown something over the fence, but it genuinely looked like something had landed from the sky and crumbled.

“The next morning it was still glowing. Everything in a metre radius was all white and I thought, that’s been really hot. That’s when I found the rock.”

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Meteorite mystery: David Stevenson with the rock

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