A piece of metal fell from the sky and nearly hit a police officer, the Maine Department of Public Safety said.
He said the object was likely from a plane passing overhead.
The Maine Capital Police chief said the object “surprised” the officer when it fell to him.
A piece of metal fell from the sky onto Maine and nearly hit a police officer, officials said, adding they believed it came from a passing plane.
The “sleeve-like” object, weighing six to seven pounds, fell from the sky Monday, the Maine Department of Public Safety said in a news release, citing CNN.
According to CNN, the department said it landed about six to eight feet from Maine Capitol Police Screener Craig Donahue, who was walking outside the state Capitol.
The department added that two people were nearby and saw the object fall from the sky.
CNN said officials did not identify the piece, but said they believed it came from a large plane that was passing overhead, and said the Federal Aviation Administration was investigating. .
“The FAA has initiated an investigation to try to determine the source of the part, which may have come from a large aircraft on an international route,” the statement said.
Insider has reached out to the Maine Department of Public Safety, the Maine State Police, the FAA, and the Maine Capital Police for comment.
Maine Capital Police Chief Matthew Clancy said the falling object “definitely startled” Officer Donahue, who was nearby.
“He was walking back to the building and he got quite the wake-up call,” Clancy said, according to the Associated Press.
He said all planes that flew over the area had been alerted, and that they had all landed safely, the AP reported.
Two aviation experts told the Kennebec Journal that they did not recognize the object and doubt it came from a plane.
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