PLYMOUTH (CBS) – A solid piece of metal crashed through the roof of a Plymouth furniture warehouse on Thursday. Investigators say the debris appears to have fallen from the sky, but it did not come from a plane.

Update: Police Investigate Texas Man’s Theory On Where The Metal Came From.

Michael Facchini, the owner of Michael’s Wholesale Furniture Distributors found the 3-5 lb. chunk of debris on the floor of his building off Camelot Drive.

Facchini also discovered a hole in the roof of the building.

“Looked up, the ceiling had a big hole,” he told WBZ-TV’s Kathy Curran. “One of the workers came by and noticed the office was a mess and asked if I knew what happened then I looked and saw metal and figured it came from high above.”

No one was hurt by the falling debris.

The FAA has sent an inspector to Plymouth to help investigators.

They are now tasked with trying to figure out where the metal came from.

WBZ-TV’s Jim Armstrong reports.

Officials originally suspected that it could have fallen off of a passing plane, but they have since ruled out that possibility.

A hole can be seen through the roof of a Plymouth business after a mystery object crashed through. (Photo by David G. Curran/

“We have no idea what it is. At this point, we can only speculate. No clue,” said Plymouth police Capt. John Rogers. “This would have had to come through with some significant force or velocity to get through the warehouse roof and cause damage.”

At Michael’s Wholesale Furniture Distributors, the fact no one was hurt has employees counting their lucky stars. In fact, they say they’re going to play the lottery tonight after surviving this strange event.

WBZ-TV’s Kathy Curran contributed to this report.

Comments (184)
  1. gramps says:

    One must’ve got away from them @ Otis, Oop’s…Better check that Azimuth!


    Did ‘Bourne’ declare war on Plymouth?

    1. Robert Bullock says:

      Wednesday night I saw a falling star streak across the sky and sparks flying off of it. I had never seen one break up like that. Usually they just burn out, I thought it looked like a sparkler being thrown or some sort of fireworks. It burned out before it could go behind the tree line though. so it didn’t hit the ground.

      1. Click Slap says:

        It looks like part of a support arm of some sort but the weight is to much. one of our NASA guys thinks the same.

      2. Hal McCombs says:

        Robert? Pretty much ALL meteors “burn out” before they hit the ground. Only the ones big enough to kill millions are still burning when they crash. Most meteors are already cool when they hit the ground.

      3. dudefromdixie says:

        Meteors, by definition, burn up in the atmosphere. Meteorites, by definition, make it to the earth’s surface. Hal below is not very bright. Meteorites fall to earth afrequently. Most are small, and all are hot.

      4. Steve says:

        The surface of a meteorite can be pretty hot when they hit the ground but depending on the size, the interior can be ice cold. It’s like -300 F in outer space so even a meteorite that’s hot when it hits the ground can turn icy cold rather quickly after the surface cools down.

      5. Rich Buckley says:

        It appears to be a Truncheon Core off an old $750,000,000 “turbo entabulator”. There has been considerable speculation on where that old piece of debris might land. Just look up Turbo Entabulator that explains it all. Our tax dollars at work

    2. tommy says:

      that looks like a homemade cannon projectile .we shoot the same things through cannons we make out heavy gauged pipe.we cut pieces of 1 or 2″ solid round bar stock and launch them far atleast a mile or half mile depending on how much powder you use.

      1. Larz Blackman says:

        that warehouse would make a good target from a mile away and the power of math and physics.

        Is such speculation still legal or does it give ideas to children and terrorists?

      2. Chuck B. says:

        I thought the same thing.

    1. Scudbuster says:

      No they are much larger, & glow blue.

    2. Mike Notsaying says:

      the russian space station thats crashing

      1. IN MEMORY OF MARY JO says:

        We can rule out because he’s in Hell.

      2. yabbadabba says:

        thats what i was thinking

  2. Poe Dee says:

    The invasion of the space junk! It’s coming back to haunt us.

    1. r7t397trin says:

      It is part of the electric coil which binds this universe into a separate prison away from the multiverse. The sun is electric and the major solar flares being experienced in current times has blown off a piece of this coil. There will be more of this happening in the northern hemisphere, increasing in frequency as the fabric of our prison is shattered and the human species is freed from the hell they call Planet Earth.

    2. Conor Raypholtz says:

      its a explosive bolt from a final rocket stage

  3. Really says:

    It’s probably a hoax so the business owner can get a new roof put on by the insurance company. Or, this is our future… space junk falling to Earth from all disintegrating satellites trying to maintain an orbit…

  4. Sandra Lively says:

    Bridge to Engineering: Scotty, we just felt a tremor up here. Is there anything we should know about?

  5. Bill Slugg says:

    Piece off a wood chipper.

  6. Horice says:

    Home made bottle rocket made from a rusty piece of pipe. Likely some dumbass kids since qualified welders and aliens don’t weld that bad.

  7. Ernie Zippreplat says:

    Looks like a Muffler Bearing or Kinipling Pin

  8. Turna says:

    Probably part of someone’s punkin chunkin trebuchet.

    1. Matthew Anziulewicz says:

      My thoughts too. Cannon shot.

  9. Robert says:

    I’m give’n er all she’s got cappin’! She’s not ginna hold togetha mich longa!

  10. Malcolm Reynolds says:

    Did the primary buffer panel just fall off my gorram ship for no apparent reason?!

    1. Eric Tilley says:

      Ta Ma Dah! That’s definitely a Firefly class buffer panel if I’ve ever seen one!

      1. Chomi Kink says:

        他媽的 yourself.

      2. No One In Particular says:

        “Ta Ma Duh!” & “他媽的” both mean “His Mother’s”
        Colloquially a reference to His Mother’s genitalia or having sex with His Mother . . .

      3. I'm particular says:

        “Ta Ma De!” & “他媽的” both mean “His Mother’s”

        fix it for you

    2. Liam Esterline says:

      Another Firefly fan?

      1. SilverState says:


    3. Capt. Mal says:

      What was that?!

    4. Another Browncoat says:

      My ship don’t break. If it broke, it’s because YOU broke it.. he said to no one in particular

  11. Bubbalama says:

    That looks like the left front strut housing from Ron Paul’s Intergalactic HoverRound.

  12. drewster says:

    Space junk. Sattelite piece?

    1. James says:

      No. you would see oblation pitting and melt tracks. Looks like welds on the bottom. I would place bets it is a machine part that cut loose. Pretty common for large wood chippers. Any more photos?

      1. Randall Flagg says:

        That would be my guess too. Either a chipper from a nearby mill or one of those industrial grinders that you see people chipping up entire buildings with.

      2. Shawn Coulter says:

        This was my thought as well, some sort of industrial equipment like a piece of a large pump shaft or the like. It looks like a brittle fracture as far as I can tell.

  13. Butch Blosc says:

    Call the History Channel. They’ll have their “experts” certify it as alien/UFO, sight unseen, and do 3 shows on it.

  14. muffy says:

    RBN network too and Genesis Radio are getting calls about you. LOL

  15. HillBillyJim says:

    It’s another Chinese missile! Run for yer lives!

  16. Jayne says:

    Dang! Reavers!!
    I’m outa here!!

  17. dooky says:

    50 to 1 its a Transformer’s turd.

    1. Baldy Kirby from Atlanta says:


    2. Deeg says:

      lollolllloooolllololllll – best comment of the week!

  18. Harleyxx says:

    I know what this is but I am sworn to secrecy.

  19. rvs says:

    The “still” blew up.

  20. nomemoleste says:

    Someone got fancy with their amateur rocket hobby. Instead of using PVC they used metal.

    Most UFOs are probably supernatural, orbs or rebel angels rather than tangible. Rebuke first, ask questions later — in the Name of Jesus Christ — when they or alines come around, Same goes for anything paranormal or multidimensional. The fallen will masquerade as whatever to con the unwitting.

    ref: “UFOs, Occult, Nazis, and Demons”

    1. SexyJesus says:

      I Before E except after C

  21. Kaylee says:

    Everything’s shiny, Cap’n. Not to fret.

  22. lovetron says:

    We knew North Korea’s missle technology wasn’t quite up to speed, but this is just embarrassing.

  23. Richard Pettit says:

    Looks like a 20mm shell casing

  24. Lew says:

    Caused by the Mars rocket launch?

  25. George says:

    We use those when we launch non-metallic projectiles from our electro-magnetic rail gun. It is supposed to separate from the projectile and tumble after the last accelerator, but can achieve velocities of 5,000+ meters per second…

    1. matt says:

      Some people might think George is kidding, but I don’t. It looks like a crude EM gun projectile to me.

    2. Jason says:

      We are not suppose to difulge and Star Wars tech. Thus said I am going w/the Transformers, likely Bumblebee, turd.

    3. James Coghill says:

      Are you saying that you opperate a railgun without a muzzle repulser coil to slow and destabalize your metal push-slugs when they reach or pass through the end of the gun? That’s a safety violation, isn’t it?

  26. Mike B. says:

    Some kids playing with a pipe bomb?

  27. Yo Joe says:

    Run for your lives! the Decepticons have arrived!!!

  28. Uncle Clayton says:

    I recognize it, it’s the tail pipe on my mother-in-laws broom. I fabricated it in my garage, and put it on, but failed to tighten the bracket that held it in place. She came back without it, and I wondered where it ended up. Now, I know.

  29. James says:

    This is surprizingly common from high-speed rotating machines like large wood chippers and bulk processing machines. I bet if you look really close, the break is “ringed” indicating a cyclic fracture pattern. Would be interested to see more pictures.

    1. Patrick says:

      I would say the same thing. I know of a company that uses a 1000hp grinder to mulch wood chips. a piece of the grinder tooth broke off and launched. A company a 1/4 mi away reported finding a piece of meteor which was later determined to be the tooth.

  30. Big Leo says:

    Did anyone see my artillery shell? A round fell short the other day and I can’t find it.

    Say what? Kindly disregard this post. . .

  31. Mike_88 says:

    Space junk. It belongs to NASA.

  32. Rob says:

    its space junk, you know how much is floating around our world, thier all eventually gonna fall, its not from a UFO

  33. MarcM says:

    They always say “It’s not from a plane” and then it turns out it was.

    I guess it’s possible it came from falling space debris.

  34. Tammy says:

    Government lies and lies and lies, before they have even done any investigation.

  35. IGetItAlready says:

    Move along move along. Nothing to see here.
    The Obama administration has already unequivocally refuted ALL claims or questions concerning ETs. Read it here and then get back to crapping in the parks as is your Democratic right.

  36. cactus02 says:

    You just gave the Irianan artillary spotter his correction vectors. Rember the explosion in Iran a week ago, looks like somthing nearly reached escape velocity.

  37. BcdErick says:

    Well at least these folks got one thing right:

    “In fact, they say they’re going to play the lottery tonight after surviving this strange event.”

  38. Christopher O. Landreneau says:

    It’s a Borg piece of hydraulic shaft that shattered & came crashing down to Earth. Get ready folks, you will be assimilated!

  39. Bill in Houston says:

    Looks like a depleted uranium slug.

  40. Franklin Lopez says:

    It looks like a GEAR PIN for a widebody aircraft. (I am an aircraft tech) so, I’m not buying the inspectors comments. The piece is obviously machined and because it IS a gear pin, it must be extremely strong (and pretty weighty as well)

    1. Dan says:

      They may want to see who has a potato launcher in the neighborhood.

  41. bobby jo lawrence says:

    It looks like a fuel rod.

  42. Ben Novick says:

    Before picking up any space debirs you should first make sure it is not radioactive. This looks like a powercable section used by the bloch II design satelite.

  43. Bobby says:

    I don’t think I would be holding it until it was checked with a geiger counter.

  44. Missing says:

    rail gun projectile

  45. Timin Phoenix says:

    The Captain’s Log

  46. Jim Bancroft says:

    That is a cylindrical piece of steel, and it looks machined, and yes, it could have fallen from an aircraft. It would have been a pin from the landing gear where it attaches to the wing or it could have been thrown out of an aircraft as a joke.

    but that is normal steel, it is machined round and shows stress fractures where it brroke at the ends

    it also shows corrosion

  47. Mr Kotku says:

    Its a main pin off an excavator. Check if any construction in the area. Looks like a job for the OHSA inspector. Someone is in big trouble.

  48. Bill Duke says:

    No worries. Its just Obama’s favorability rating plummeting to earth.

  49. Andrew P says:

    Some joker with a Trebuchet is launching junk.

  50. NowListenUp says:

    Time to buy a really good helmet. It would need to be better quality material than the stuff used to make that warehouse roof.!

  51. NowListenUp says:

    I wonder if has the words MADE IN CHINA etched on it?

    1. Gary says:


  52. Click Slap says:

    One of our readers thinks it came from a satellite .

  53. Jason says:

    Obviously the object is Herman Cain’s political reputation.

  54. Joe Moonraven says:

    Space junk people… we have tons of debris floating above our heads. In fact a satellite was supposed to crash and burn recently.

  55. Gary says:

    Duck everyone…the occupiers are firing at us!

  56. Steven M. says:

    Probably junk from a blown-up Chinese weather satellite.

  57. Jon f says:

    Came off a secret government drone spying on us.

  58. Terrapod says:

    It looks like a clevis pin from a railroad car that just failed and went airborne, cheap chinese junk likely. Someone should check the timing and location of a rail line near this warehouse. Several tons of pressure can launch that chunk with quite some force.

    1. Skitch says:

      I agree, I find similar items near the tracks all the time. More likely then most, and it looks too heavy to be spaceborne, they build that stuff lightly to be easy to loft.

  59. Will Robinson says:

    If it’s heavy and made of steel it’s not space junk.

  60. Joe bob says:

    Its a motor or rotor shaft from near by company that shattered while running, its easy to see wear points from video. High velocity machines break and send parts flying through the air for great distances. Never mind Bush did it.

  61. Russ Braaten says:

    Have it tested for gun powder. I also suspect someone shot off a cannon.

  62. Buck O'Fama says:

    Bawney Fwanks bu++ plug? Must have been letting off steam after retiring.

  63. Wild Bill says:

    It is Bush’s fault…..regardless of what it is….unless it is positive…then it was a result of an Obama policy.

  64. Doug says:

    ATTENTION AUTHORITIES look for someone in the area runnung a tub grinder. These machines primarily grind wood. When a piece of metal is hit these machines have been know to throw debris nearly a 1/2 mile. I will bet there is a tub grinder in the area. I have operated a tub for years and have thrown larger pieces much further.

    1. Patrick says:

      I ve seen the same thing before from tub grinders. A launched chunk of tooth was mistaken for a meteorite a few years back in Woburn. piece was mangled blued and smoking when it hit the ground and found.

    2. Cape Mom says:

      Hi, see my reply as of 10:37. I would bet money that’s the explanation.

    3. rufus levin says:

      Are you talking about the Tub Grinder in the White House married to the President?

  65. Codetrader says:

    Something Herman Cain did when he was CEO at the Restaurant Association.

  66. Ran says:

    I worked a lot of years in the mineral industry and I believe it is a metallic (sulphide) rich geologic drill core sample – perhaps copper nickel cobalt by the looks of it – from a mine or mineral prospect – likely fell from a helicopter as usual method of transportation.

    1. Bill G. says:

      Hmmm, now that’s interesting!!

  67. Krut says:

    It’s obviously a muffler from a UFO.

  68. DG says:

    At 36 sec. the reporter calls the mystery metal steel. How does she know when everyone else doesn’t?

  69. Me says:

    That definitely was launched from the ground. Physics says objects fall with the same velocity they were launched. Its not from space. Strange that anyone would go on record as assuming that it was.

  70. Bob says:

    It looks like part of a bong.

  71. emom says:

    HHHHMMMM, By any chance have the Transformers landed in Plymouth, Are they wrestling again and lost a support arm. Damn robots.

  72. Jules says:

    It’s a projectile from a home-made canon

  73. Bill G. says:

    That is really weird. So if it’s not an aircraft part, maybe it’s a piece of satellite or space-junk?

  74. John says:

    Did somebody check for radiation? It looks like part of a spent fuel rod. Which would mean some dirtbag country is ejecting radiation waste into orbit.

  75. Big T says:

    I figure a local with his garage built cannon and black power lofted the slug from less than a mile away. A sabot would have protected the slug from power burns. Bring the dogs and give them a sniff.

  76. Mike D says:

    How close is this place to a demolition range…you know were people blow things up. While in the Army ..we were blowing up stuff..for teaching purposes…and blew a manhole cover so far away we are still not sure where it landed… that was @ 4 pounds of C4..thing took off a direction we had not anticipated….so…..

  77. Bob says:

    It was part of Barry O’s Stimulus Package that blew up.

  78. Russ says:

    What I see here is a l;ot of crazy comments based on one partial picture and no real description of the object. With all the sattelites in orbit, some of which will be returning someday, thats probably what it is from. Do I know for sure? No, but my guess is as good as any of gthe other guesses.

  79. Jimbo Limbo says:

    Hmm. Don’t know what it is, it fell from the sky, but I’ll go pick it up and hold it in my bare hand… it’s not like it could be harmful or radioactive… I can tell by looking at it, right?

  80. Eugene says:

    Looks like a retaining pin from a piece of heavy equipment such as a crane, dumpster truck, dump truck, back hoe, or bull dozer.

  81. maryann says:

    Call those UFO Hunters on the History Channel. Those “goofs” could make a whole show about that hunk of metal. Yes, definitely UFO related junk.Yea thats it ufo’s man.

  82. peter says:

    It’s a peice of a drill bit used to make blasting holes.

  83. James says:

    Perhaps this is part of that failed Russian spacecraft that was supposed to go to Mars but got stuck in a decaying orbit around the Earth. I understand that the Russian craft was supposed to reenter the Earth’s atmosphere sometime soon and the Russians had no idea where it would land. Perhaps this is part of that spacecraft.

  84. Newtonian Fizzicks says:

    Gravity rocks.

  85. Barak says:

    hey wait a sec; if im not mistaking my eyes….that appears to be a part of the a russian satellite or something meant to go a little farther….aka Russia’s most recent failed Mars expedition that got lost in orbit….hmmmmmmmmmmmm

  86. Nancy says:

    This building is just the other side of route 3 from the Jordan Hospital which has a helipad for helicopters to transfer patients to Boston hospitals. I live near the hospital and have heard several helicopters overhead in the last few days. I wonder if this came from one. The wood chipper component concept is also interesting, since there is a company in that same industrial park area that chips tress, etc.

  87. Stinky says:

    Obviously shot from home-made artillery. These doofus cops have their hands all over it and I guarantee there is a fingerprint of the scumbag who shot it on it.

  88. Zork says:

    I just got off the phone with Dr Sheldon Cooper who is a physicist and claims to have a working knowledge of the entire universe and everything it contains. He has two theories; it may be a piece of debris inadvertently launched from a secret military supercollider located beneath a fake agricultural station 12.5 miles southeast of Travers City , Michigan, where the government has been examining perturbative amplitudes in n=4 supersymmetric theories, leading to a reexamination of the ultraviolet properties of multi-loop n=8 supergravity, using modern twistor theory. Or, citing Newton’s gravitation theory and the possibility that Lois Lane is falling, accelerating at an initial rate of 32 feet per second per second… Superman swoops down to save her by reaching out two arms of steel… Miss Lane, who is now traveling at approximately 120 miles an hour, hits them and Superman is immediately sliced into pieces and one piece has crashed to the ground. Penny was there with Sheldon and quipped, That Newton was a really smart cookie? Is that why they call them Fig Newtons? Sheldon dismissed her question, but then she seemed to understand where he was going on his theory of what this object was and asked Sheldon, That’s Superman’s big ice thingy, right? That’s when Sheldon hung up the phone.

  89. Skitch says:

    Looks like a remnant of a pin used on train cars. Is there a train track nearby? The force on these pins is incredible, and they will fly a long way if broken. Not as sexy as some of these ideas, but probably more likely…

    1. shotime says:

      I have no clue what it is… but I’m sure having a good laugh with my morning coffee reading everyone’s thoughts as to why this hunk of metal came crashing through someone’s roof! :)

  90. shrugged says:

    It’s the bemahator from the particle accelerator anti-gravity unit of my brothers saucer. He left Ohio on Wednesday to bar-hop in MA and got pulled over by NORAD.

  91. Jerzey Boy says:

    One of Obama’s Poll Numbers

  92. Mal says:

    Did the primary buffer panel just fall off my ship for no apparent reason?

  93. JWS says:

    It’s a piece of metal bar with a severe failure at one end. And with the gouging and galling on the surface, I’d say a rotating shaft failed at high speed and rattled around a bit before being slung rather forcefully from some machine.

    1. rufus levin says:

      I would say that the entire NATION is getting a rotating SHAFT from the Congress and Current Administration….what with all the tax and spend gouging , it just galls hell out of me….all brought from the chicago political machine too.

  94. SeasickSue says:

    It’s part of the Mayflower.

  95. truth teller says:

    Doubt it fell from space…would expect to see rounded/melted ends and burn marks from entry.

  96. John Larson says:

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  97. Timothy says:

    No doubt it is one of the thousands of pieces of pace junk we’ve left up there, come home at last.

  98. simondog says:

    It looks like a panandemic fam with a malleable lopgrythmic case with a conventional lotus-odeltoid winding designed so that side fumbling is all but eliminated.

    1. rufus levin says:

      they were on sale at Wal Mart and Tiger Direct on Black Friday too….

  99. Sam says:

    It’s from a joint N. Korean and Iranian missle experiment. They are testing missles that can reach east coast of US. from subs just off the continental shelf.

  100. JET99999 says:

    drving north on 95 Thurs nite around 11;15 attleboro area very dramatic shoooting star or whatever.i, fell from top of sky to bottom, very bright and quick and never seen anything that extreme

  101. Cape Mom says:

    I was driving up Rte 3 about a month ago through Pymouth when a log came crashing down out of the sky and broke to smithereens in from of my car. It fell from at least 30 feet high and was launched by some type of brush eating equipment at work in a nearby clearing seen through the trees. That machine threw it well over 100 feet into the air and 30 feet up vertically. Is anyone around the warehouse using that type of equipment that some kids could be fooling around with?

  102. Mark st Amand says:

    I saw a object fall from the sky. Around 11:15 pm thurday. looked like a small cannon ball on fire.

  103. Wally says:

    Simple answer. An idiot from Mars tossed it out of his/her flying saucer.

  104. Ken says:

    This is made of bronze or brass. This is used by Aircraft Mechanics as a “bucking bar.” One this size is usually used to back up structure when removing trunion bolts. This bar stops the flexing and vibration of various fittings when removing large fasteners. It’s made of a soft material so the damage to aircraft structure is limited.

  105. rufus levin says:

    It is part of Obama’s HOPE and CHANGE initiative….no one knows what it is, where it might come from, who is responsible for it, what it is used for….

    DNC getting sneaky with Debbie Wasserman-Shultz in charge now…..

  106. SpaceCowboy123 says:

    I would agree with any theory about this being a piece of metal from a demolition or salvage operation. I appears to be chewed up ….like from a demolition machine or crusher….I must have been under bow and arrow like stress before failure. Boing!!!…….when it snapped. check for demolition going on in a ??? mile radius.

  107. gramps says:

    Mystery solved, it’s a top secret research project,projectile…..Being developed by Pfizer.

    A ‘Congressional Suppository’….


  108. Big T says:

    It sure did not come through the atmosphere, or it would have burned up. or look like it came from space. Somebody with a catapult type device had some dangerous fun.

  109. Dick P. says:

    The Texas theory is dead on. Google earth shows a stump grinder operation across the street at the cul-de-sac. Those Texas Rangers were always damn good at finding those bad guys.

  110. francis Beer says:

    Looks like a pneumatic drill bit head that broke off while rock was being drilled in preparation for dynamiting. When dynamite was inadvertently placed in the drill hole and ignited the drill head probably flew a great distance

  111. CATman says:

    Pin out of a backhoe or small trackhoe.

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