BOONE COUNTY, Iowa – Officials in Boone County now say a car damaged on Highway 169 was hit by a steel rod and not a bullet.

The Boone County Sheriff’s Office had originally asked for help to find the person who shot a vehicle last Friday around 6:15 p.m. damaging a headlight and the hood of the vehicle. But now, the BCSO says a closer forensic look at the vehicle reveals the damage was done by a square steel rod.

The rod had the velocity to pierce through the headlight, metal headlight bracket, and hood of the vehicle, much like a bullet. The rod wasn’t visible to investigators without removing sound-dampening material from the hood.

The BCSO now says it believes the rod came from an oncoming vehicle and the incident serves as a reminder to everyone to make sure the load on their vehicle is secured. They say even the smallest objects can pierce a windshield and take a life.