(NEXSTAR) – A large metal object fell from the sky over the Maine State Capitol in Augusta, nearly hitting a police worker who was standing nearby.
The object, weighing between 6 and 7 pounds, is believed to be a piece of aircraft debris that fell from “a large airliner on an international route,” the state’s Department of Public Safety announced.
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The incident took place Friday just after noon, according to the department. The object “landed at a high velocity” near the entrance to the building, narrowly missing Capitol Police Screener Craig Donahue by about 6 to 8 feet.
“Two other individuals were also in the area and witnessed the incident,” Chief Matthew Clancy of the Maine Capitol Police wrote in a news release. “No one was injured.”
The source of the object remained unknown as of Tuesday morning, though Clancy said the Federal Aviation Administration indicated it could be part of a passenger jet’s wing flap, the Associated Press reported.
A representative for the FAA confirmed to Nexstar that the agency is aware of the incident and has launched an investigation.
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The area where the part fell, meanwhile, is usually busier when the state’s legislature is in session, Clancy said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.