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Ann Hodges, The Only Known Person To Be Ever Hit By A Meteorite

In 1954, an Alabama woman suffered the unfortunate distinction of being the only person in recorded history to be struck by a meteorite

Andrew Martin
3 min readJan 27, 2023

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If you are fortunate enough to see a meteorite streak across the sky, it is something majestic to behold. That being said, you don’t want to be near where any that touch down on earth hit, given the speed and force at which they arrive. Unfortunately, one Alabama woman got up close and personal with a space rock after she was hit by one while laying sick on her couch inside of her home.

The December 1, 1954 issue of the Birmingham News reported the story of Ann Hodges, who had the misfortune of coming face to face with a meteor. On the afternoon of November 30th, the woman was resting under a couple of quilts on her couch at her home in Sylacauga, Alabama, as she was not feeling well. Having fallen asleep, she was jolted awake around 12:45 p.m. by a terrific crash and sensation of something hitting her. She explained, “ I thought my time had come.”

Unbeknownst to Mrs. Hodges, residents of Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia had been tracking a ball of fire racing across the skyline. Its journey ended crashing through the roof of her living room, hitting the family’s radio and then ricocheting off the woman trying to get some rest from the cold she was suffering.

Hodges’ mother-in-law Ida Franklin was sewing in the next room and came running to explore the crash. Initially she thought that the home’s gas heater may have blown up, but soon saw the approximately one foot square hole in the ceiling and a smaller black rock, resembling coal, sitting on the floor.

Fortunately, the double quilts helped prevent serious injury, and the 34-year-old Hodges was left with only a bruised hip and hand.

Bedlam quickly descended on the Hodges house. Local and military officials raced to the scene to investigate the unusual occurrence. The Air Force quickly took the nine-pound meteorite away by helicopter after it was turned over by the sheriff to determine if any radioactivity could be detected. Newspapers raced to cover the unusual story.

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Andrew Martin

Dabbler in history, investing & writing. Master’s degree in baseball history. Passionate about history, diversity, culture, sports, investing and crypto.