Didn't Look "Very Space-y"... Or Aircraft-y, Or Train-y
was sitting in his living room watching TV Tuesday in Bayonne, NJ
minding his own business, when he heard what sounded like a crash
and saw a cloud of dust. In another room, he found a piece of gray
metal, 3 1/2 inches by 5 inches, with two hexagonal holes in
He had no idea what it could be. Consulted experts were also
New Jersey Transit spokesman Dan Stessel said the railroad has
tracks about 100 feet from the house, but said the object wasn't
something that would have come off a train, according to the
It didn't look "very space-y," said Henry Kline, a spokesman for
the National Aeronautic and Space Administration's Jet Propulsion
Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. "It's obviously made for something ...
But we wouldn't know what to do with it."
Nor did the piece of metal seem to be from any type of aircraft,
the Federal Aviation Administration said.
US Air Force Major Costas Leonidou at the Pentagon couldn't
identify it either. "It could be Air Force, Navy, Marines,
commercial. It could be anything," he said.
Then, FAA spokesman Jim Peters said a colleague solved the
mystery Wednesday. The object was part of a commercial-grade
woodchipper. Apparently, there had been a similar incident last
year involving the same type of part... and the same type of
Peters says he has a theory about how this happened. The piece
moves very fast inside the machine, and something broke somewhere
to cause its launch into the air.
Peters said the part was going to be returned to the Bayonne
"It belongs to somebody," Police Director Mark Smith said. There
have been no reports as to the extent of the damage done to the
Gee, this is one of the scariest woodchipper stories
we've heard of... outside of that scene in "Fargo"...