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Massive Boulder Crashes Into Hillside Home

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A massive boulder dislodged by this week's rains rolled down a hillside and into the home of a woman in San Diego county.

The 12-ton boulder plunged several feet down a hill and tore through the Poway garage of Ja'Nielle Rose Gendelman, 69, this Thursday. She told the Union-Tribune she was in the kitchen when she heard the crash: "I turned to the right and saw this huge brown mass. I saw this gaping hole and thought, ‘This is really serious. Holy cow.'"

The boulder split open a propane gas line, wrecked her washing machine and sent debris flying. A hazmat crew cleaned up the worst, but she'll have to hire a private company to clean up the rest of the toxic mess. And she'll need some help moving the boulder itself.

"That’s the $6,000 question," Poway fire Division Chief Kevin Hitchcock told the Tribune.