House damaged by mysterious camera lens dropped from sky
Published: Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 5:30 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 5:30 p.m.
Petaluma police are trying to solve a mystery involving a camera lens that dropped from the sky earlier this month and tore a hole through the roof of a home.
Walnut Street resident Debbie Payne told police she was alerted by a noisy bang on the afternoon of Sept. 2, went outside and saw a 9-inch hole and the damaged lens lying nearby, authorities said.
But there did not appear to be any aircraft overhead, and just how the lens got there remains a mystery, police said.
A contractor estimated the cost to repair the damage at $4,600, police said.
Authorities, notified of the incident by a mail-in report from Payne they received Thursday, are just beginning their investigation by tracing a serial number on the Canon lens and focusing on anything they can learn from the Federal Aviation Administration or the local airport, Lt. Tim Lyons said.
Payne said she was concerned the lens could have hurt someone at nearby elementary school, Lyons said.
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