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On September 4, 1990 at 3:45 p.m. Frances Pegg was carrying groceries into the kitchen of her Burnwell home along the Kentucky side of the Tug Fork River. Arthur Pegg was working nearby when a sound like the chopping of a helicopter ripped toward the house, changing pitch as it approached. A bright object blazed from the south-southwest. It was a meteorite, and it struck the old house, passing through the roof, ceiling and porch floor. The impact sounded like a gunshot and threw splintered wood as far as 20 feet. Arthur Pegg originally thought that a wrench or a part from a passing plane had penetrated the house, and the next day he removed every object from an enclosed area under the front porch. Amidst glass from an old aquarium and destroyed cans of paint and lacquer, he found the meteorite.

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