POSTED: Saturday, December 3, 2011 - 5:02pm
UPDATED: Saturday, December 3, 2011 - 5:04pm
NBC NEWS — No one is sure where a piece of debris that came crashing through the roof of a building in Plymouth, Massachusetts originated.
Investigators are not sure where the piece of debris came from or what it came from.
However, they do know it came from far up because the force of the object falling tore a hole through the roof of a building.
Luckily, the object fell into an empty room and no one was hurt.
Andrew McWilliams, an employee at Michael's Warehouse, was shocked when he opened a door in his office to see the debris on the floor.
"That was the first thing I saw. We couldn't see the daylight at first, we moved some stuff around and you could see there was a hole in the roof," said McWilliams.
A mysterious metal object had shot through the building's roof and office ceiling like a bullet.
"Judging from the weight of the object, someone would have been killed," said McWilliams.
The company owner, a frequent flyer himself, immediately thought it must be a part from an airplane.
"It was seven or eight inches long, three inches around. It kind of looked like an axle to me, something round and solid steel," said Michael Fucchini, the owner of Michael's Warehouse.
Plymouth Police are investigating.
"At this point we can only speculate that it came off an aircraft, we are taking steps to determine if that is the case. We are investigating further and we are in contact with the FAA," said Capt. John Rogers of the Plymouth Police Department.
Police sent the object to an aviation expert to confirm if it did come from an airplane.
Those experts said it does not appear to be from a plane.
The FAA also said that there have not been any flight paths over the building.
The object is being referred to as an 'object of unknown origin' until investigators are able to determine what it is.