Narrow escape for British family after red-hot sulphuric meteorites rain down on their Shrewsbury garden

Oh my! It goes on and on! Just wait for showers of boulders!

Narrow escape for British family after red-hot sulphuric meteorites rain down on their Shrewsbury garden

A mother-of-two told how her young children had a lucky escape – after fragments from a meteor shower rained down in their back garden.

Sarah Marston-Jones was playing outside with Harry, two, and Benjamin, four, when asteroid rocks fell behind her house in Shrewsbury.

The teacher heard a large ‘whooshing’ sound and a ‘cracking’ noise as 15 rocks from the meteorite shower blazed through the earth’s atmosphere and onto her lawn at 9.30am on Tuesday.

She was forced to rush her two young children off their trampoline to safety indoors as brown and black fragments showered down just inches from where they were playing.

The red-hot rocks, some of which were more than an inch wide, even left a strong burning smell in the family’s Shropshire garden.

Experts advised her to check the shards with a magnet as asteroids often contain iron – and she was stunned when it stuck.

Sarah said: ‘I don’t know if it was some sort of meteor shower or one fragment which cracked on impact, but I turned around and took one step before hearing this whooshing and cracking sound coming through the hedge and tree, and you could hear lots of dropping sounds on the patio.

‘There was this really intense burning smell followed by a smell which I can only describe as rotten vegetables.

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