Missing–One Eye in the Sky?

Camera lens falls from the sky in Petaluma!  Fortunately nobody was injured…

I checked my camera gear and everything is still in place.

The press release from the Petaluma Police Department tells the story…


Thursday September 15, 2011, 9:04 AM
Petaluma Police Department

Advisory: Camera lens falls from sky



Police Administration, 969 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 778-4372 Fax (707) 778-4376 E-mail:police@ci.petaluma.ca.us
DATE: September 15, 2011

Report Number: 11-4405

Occurred Date and Time: Friday, September 2, 2011 at approx. 4:05 PM

Incident: Camera lens falls from sky putting hole in roof of a house

Location: 300 block of Walnut Street

Summary: Officers reviewing a mailed in police report yesterday were alerted to this incident. Petaluma resident Debbie Payne reported on September 2, at approx. 4:05 PM she heard a loud bang inside her house. She went outside to investigate. Her next door neighbor also heard the noise and was outside. She found an approx. 9” hole in her roof and a damaged Canon camera lens lying below it. The lens had traveled through her roof and skipped down the side of her house damaging two screens, then struck the ground. Payne did not see any aircraft in the immediate vicinity. Payne said an estimated repair bill from a local contractor was $4600.00. The officer assigned to the case is following up on the serial number on the lens, contacting the FAA, and the Petaluma Airport. Payne was concerned because she lives near an elementary school and that no one was injured from this falling object.

Prepared by: Lt. Tim Lyons