by Christopher Freeburn | February 19, 2013 2:26 pm
Russians are hoping that the meteor that shattered windows and sent people scurrying in fear when it exploded over Siberia last week could prove a financial windfall.
Residents of the town of Deputatskoye are scrambling to collect piece of the meteor, which rained down on houses, fields and a nearby lake, in hopes of selling them to collectors, the New York Times notes.
Fragments of the meteor punched holes in the snow as they crashed to the ground. Russians are looking for those tell-tale holes, hoping to find at their bottoms little black rocks, worn smooth by their fiery journey through the atmosphere.
According to NASA, last week’s meteor was the largest fireball to light up Earth’s skies in about a century.
Meteor enthusiasts worldwide trade in fragments from the space rocks, despite various national laws against such transactions. Meteor debris can be bought and sold on popular websites, including eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY).
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