NEWARK, N.J. - A metallic object that crashed through the roof of a central New Jersey family's home this year was not a meteorite, geologists said yesterday.

While the object looks like a meteorite, scientists say it is made of a stainless-steel alloy that does not occur naturally and is most likely "orbital debris" - in plain terms, scrap iron. It's still a mystery where the object came from.

Srinivasan Nageswaran, whose family discovered the silver object after it crashed through the roof and into the upstairs bathroom of his home in Freehold Township, was disappointed by the news. "That's the nature of science," he said yesterday. "If the conclusion from the test says it's not a meteorite, then it's not a meteorite. We have to move forward." - AP