Real-life Superman in our midst? Mysterious impact in New Jersey confounds authorities

Officials from a small township in New Jersey are standing around a mysterious crater and looking to the sky for answers, and what I'm wondering is this: is Kal-el here?

The Associated Press is reporting that a small crater was found in Liberty Somerset County with no word on its origin -- or what it was exactly that crashed. The local township's police captain Edward Byrnes said that the crater measures approximately 18 inches deep, and is roughly the side of "a coffee table," the report says. A bomb squad sent out by state authorities says it wasn't an explosive.

An expert from the nearby planetarium, who conducted tests on the site and the debris field that spread out 100 feet in each direction, is at a loss.

"We dug around and couldn't find anything. We used metal detectors because all meteors have metal in them, and we couldn't find anything, large or small," said Jerry Vinski, director of nearby Raritan Valley Community College's planetarium, to the AP.

Vinski goes on to speculate that the hole could have been caused by a falling object from a plane, but rules out the possibility of a meteor.

"When you see meteor showers in the upper atmosphere, they're traveling 50 miles a second," he said. "Even if it's slowing down through the atmosphere, you're still going to have a sonic boom. And it would have left something behind, it wouldn't have completely disintegrated."

But what if it was a spaceship -- say, from Krypton?

More as this story develops.

(Thanks to Valerie G. for the scoop!)

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