Man sells meteorite that crashed through his roof for over USD1 million

UPI – An Indonesian man turned an unusual bit of property damage into a fortune when he sold the meteorite that crashed through his roof for over USD1 million.

Josua Hutagalung, 33, said he was working outside his home in Sumatra when the meteorite crashed through the roof of the house and landed outside.

“When I lifted it, the stone was still warm, and I brought it into the house,” Hutagalung told news outlet Kompas.

Hutagalung posted a video to Facebook showing the spot where the metallic object had crashed through his tin roof.

The 4.5-pound chunk of CM1/2 carbonaceous chondrite, a rare variety of meteorite, was valued at USD1,858,556 by experts and attracted the attention of United States (US) expert Jared Collins, who purchased the meteorite and resold it to fellow US collector Jay Piatek.

Hutagalung did not disclose the amount that he was paid for the meteorite, but he indicated it was over USD1 million.

The meteorite that crashed through Josua Hutagalung roof. PHOTO: FACEBOOK/ JOSUA HUTAGALUNG