Man becomes instant millionaire after meteor worth more than £1.4m crashes into his roof

A man identified as Josua Hutagalung has become a millionaire after a five-pound meteor from outer space crashed through his roof and buried itself in his garden.

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Josua, who is a coffin maker, was assembling a coffin when the 4.5 billion-year-old meteorite slammed itself into the earth beside his home and buried itself six inches deep.

As soon as the news that Joshua had the meteor, valued at £1.4 million got out, an expert raced to his home in Kolang, North Sumatra, to purchase it.

He said: “I was working on a coffin near the street in front of my house when I heard a booming sound that made my house shake. It was as if a tree had fallen on us.”

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The 33-year-old said the rock was still warm from its journey through the Earth’s atmosphere when he carried it.

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

He added: “The sound was so loud that parts of the house were shaking too. And after I searched, I saw that the tin roof of the house had broken.”

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After scientific analysis, the meteorite was classified as CM1/2 carbonaceous Chondrite, an extremely rare find that carries the chemical building blocks believed to have seeded life in the early Solar system.

A Bali-based Meteorite expert named Jared Collins, was sent to secure the rare meteorite,

“My phone lit up with crazy offers for me to jump on a plane and buy the meteorite.

“It was in the middle of the Covid crisis and frankly it was a toss-up between buying the rock for myself or working with scientists and collectors in the US.

“I carried as much money as I could muster and went to find Josua, who turned out to be a canny negotiator.”

After striking a deal with Josua, Jared shipped the rock to the United States, and it is currently in the custody of Jay Piatek, a doctor and meteorite collector from Indianapolis.

Josua, who has three sons, said he now plans to retire, but would use some of the money to build a church in his local community.

“I have also always wanted a daughter, and I hope this is a sign that I will be lucky enough now to have one,” he told The Sun.


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