Washington, Feb 16: As Russia assesses the damage from the meteorite shower that rained down Friday on the central region of the country, experts in the US said the fragments of space rock could bring a small fortune in hidden treasure to those quick enough to find and scoop them up.
"A relatively small piece is worth maybe a few hundred dollars, but a large chunk can be up to $100,000 or even more," said Joseph Gutheinz, a specialist on meteorites and a former senior special agent with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), in an interview with RIA Novosti.
"We literally have meteor shows here in the US on a regular basis," he added.
As for the meteorite fragments that landed in central Russia Friday morning injuring hundreds of people and damaging thousands of buildings, Gutheinz said: "I expect people to be out there with metal detectors all over the place. They might even come in from Moscow to search."