Peekskill Display, Famous New York Car Smasher Meteorite Fall



On October 09, 1992, a brilliant fireball was seen by thousands of witnesses across parts New York state. A large football-sized meteorite fell on the rear trunk section of Ms. Michele Knapp's 1980 Chevy Malibu which was parked in the driveway. Meteorite hunters from across the world came to the area, but only the single stone was found. A wealthy collector bought Michele's damaged car and took it on an exhibition tour around the US. It remains one of the only documented strikes of a meteorite on an automobile. Later lab analysis revealed the stone to be a shocked H6 chondrite.

This handsome display box measures 3 x 4 inches and has a glass lid. It has a photo print of the damaged Chevy Malibu with the meteorite laying next to it. Your tiny fragment of the car-smasher is contained inside a labeled gemjar that is removeable from the display box.

Refer to the photo. The black centimeter cube is shown for scale and is not included. You are purchasing a display like the one shown. Note, your micromount fragment may vary slightly in appearance from the one shown

From the Meteoritical Bulletin entry :


New York, USA

Fell 1992 October 9,19:50 EDT (23:50 GMT)

Ordinary chondrite (H6, monomict breccia)

After a fireball and loud noise a stone fell on Michelle Knapp's car, parked before her house at 207 Wells Street, Peekskill. A stone of 12,370 g and about 200 g in fragments were recovered. Information, classification and analysis, olivine Fa20, pyroxene Fs17, light, cm-sized H6 clasts in darker H6 matrix, Ignacio Casanova, Department of Geology, Field Museum of Natural History, Roosevelt Road at Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60605-2496, USA. The main mass is in the hand of private collectors: 5.2 kg, Ray Meyer; 1.2 kg, Jim Schwade; 1 kg, Marlin Cilz; 470 g, Field Museum.