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Camera lens falls from sky through roof of house

A 9-inch Canon camera lens comes flying through the roof of a house in Petaluma, Calif. Police aren't yet sure it even came from an aircraft.

Surrealist movies offer the strangest happenings just to make us feel better about ourselves.

Streets become beaches. Nun's clothing appears on the sidewalk. And yet I don't remember a surrealist movie where a 9-inch Canon camera lens crashes through the roof of a house.

Perhaps the notion seemed too far-fetched. But not for one woman in Petaluma, Calif., who recently experienced precisely this occurrence.

It all started so innocently. Speaking to CBS 5 San Francisco, 55-year-old Debbie Payne told of a hearing a crash.

Might it have been an earthquake? Might it have been a storm-trooping blackbird with a machine gun, ready to rob her house of her TV and camera equipment?

No, it appears to have been dive-bombing camera equipment, desperate to enter her abode.

Please imagine the neighbors' surprise, as they, too, ran out to see what was assaulting their idyll.

They were bemused. For there was a hole in Payne's roof. Two window screens had been sliced, as if in preparation for a charcuterie plate. And the culprit was a 2-pound Canon lens.

The police seem fairly bemused too. They are trying to trace the serial number of the lens that zoomed through the roof to its owner. Thus, far, they have only traced thin air.

Currently, there appears to be no evidence that the lens even fell from a plane. Just as there is no evidence it came from the beak of a thieving stork.

Payne is grateful that no one was hurt, but now has to pick up the pieces with her insurance claim.

This weekend, if you happen to be out hang-gliding, or a passenger in your best friend's little pink Cessna, please be careful with your equipment. We have enough worries with space debris right now.