Meteorite Hunters And Science Channel Crew In Lorton

7:31 PM, Jan 21, 2010   |    comments
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LORTON, Va. (WUSA) -- That meteorite that smashed through a local doctors roof a few days back has gone from local curiosity to international sensation.

Meteorite aficionados are pouring in from all over including a film crew from the Science Channel. Steve Arnold is the Host of the show "Meteorite Men."

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He says, "It took me a little while to get home, look at pictures yeah, and decide that it's a real meteorite."

Arnold adds, "This happens once in a blue moon."

He is fully-equipped with magnet sticks, GPS devices and note pads. 

Robert Ward traveled from Las Vegas last night.

He says, "As soon as the news report came out, I was in Las Vegas and 30 minutes later I was on a plane here."

An estimated 500 meteorites reach the earth's surface each year. Only five or six of these are typically recovered and made known to scientists.

The expert tells 9NEWS NOW that the meteorite broke up into multiple pieces.

The owner of the building has agreed to donate the meteorite to the Smithsonian.

Written by Alex Trevino

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