EPHRATA – A rocket-propelled grenade crashed into the Archelian Washington farm last week in the Pacific Northwest, authorities said.
After the March 25 incident, the farmer discovered an almost intact piece of the rocket in a private field, reports The Tri-City Herald.
An approximately 5-foot composite pressure vessel used to store helium left an angle of about 4 inches to the ground, said Grant County Sheriff’s spokesman Kyle Forman. No one was injured, he said.
The Seattle National Weather Service said the light objects that hit the sky on March 25 were the remnants of the second phase of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, which left traces of a comet as it burned up when it returned to Earth.
The farmer, who authorities say did not want to be identified, suspected the garbage came from the rocket and left a message at the sheriff’s office over the weekend, Foreman said. Deputies responded Monday by contacting SpaceX officials. SpaceX confirmed that it was part of a rocket, after which it took it.
The Falcon 9 is a reusable two-stage rocket designed by SpaceX to transport humans և cargo into Earth orbit ները its borders, according to the SpaceX website. It says there were 111 launches and 71 landings.