(SOURCE) Wayne Lippard knows the odds are “astronomical,” but he’s convinced his 7-year-old son was struck by a small meteorite while playing in the driveway of the family’s Florida home.
Lippard, of Loxahatchee, told FoxNews.com that his son Steven was enjoying his new toolbox in the family’s driveway on Saturday when he was struck in the head by something unusual, causing a small gash that later required three staples to close.
“As soon as I looked at it, I realized it was something different.”
– Wayne Lippard
“He’s playing in the driveway and I walk into the house and about four minutes later, he comes to the window screaming,” Lippard said Wednesday. “The gash looked pretty bad, but it wasn’t bleeding a lot so we didn’t panic. He actually wanted to go play again because he was so into his new toolbox.”
Lippard, 43, said he wanted to immediately take his son — who suffers from an autism spectrum disorder — to the hospital for observation, but didn’t want to frighten or startle him. The boy’s grandparents then arrived at the home and were told the incredible story as Lippard searched for any clues online.
“I did some research and tried to figure out what hit him,” he said. “Maybe it was a golf ball or maybe it was debris from the landing gear of a plane.”
The possibility that his son was simply covering up for a self-inflicted wound with his new toys also crossed his mind, Lippard said.
“What if he hit himself with a claw hammer and didn’t want to admit it?” Lippard asked.
Lippard then returned outside to scour the ground near where Steven was hit and noticed a handful of small rocks — each about the size of a pea or smaller — in a 3-foot diameter that didn’t look like any others in his large driveway.
“As soon as I looked at it, I realized it was something different,” he said.
Lippard’s next move was to take the rocks – which he later learned where magnetized, further supporting his claim – to Florida Atlantic University. But scientists at the school were ill-equipped to analyze the rocks and make a determination whether it came from space or not.
“Upon preliminary observation, researchers at the FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Science were not able to determine if the material brought to the laboratory by Mr. Lippard is a meteorite or not,” school officials said in a statement to FoxNews.com. “Laboratory equipment used for the study of meteorites would be necessary to make this determination.”