MI man makes shocking discovery about 30-year-old doorstop

Gwen Vasquez
October 5, 2018

Oh, and it's also a meteorite that he says hurtled to the Earth in the 1930s, according to a news release from Central Michigan University.

Inspired by news stories of recovering valuable meteorites, he took the rock to Central Michigan University (CMU) for analysis.

"The answer has been categorically "no" - meteor wrongs, not meteorites", she said jokingly.

"I could tell right away that this was something special", Sirbescu said.

Even though Dr. Sirbescu knew exactly what it was, it had to be sent to the Smithsonian Museum for verification, it wasn't until Thursday word came back it definitively is a meteorite, the 6th largest ever found in MI.

"It's the most valuable specimen I have ever held in my life, monetarily and scientifically", CMU geology professor Mona Sibescu told CNN.

The farmer who sold Mazurek the land in the town of Edmore in 1988 told him Mazurek could have it - that the meteorite was part of the property, according to the release. "I wonder how much mine is worth, '" Mazurek said.

The farmer said it was a meteorite that "made a heck of a noise when it hit" Earth back in the 1930s.

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So, he took the rock in to Central Michigan University for testing.

And now a man in Grand Rapids just found out the meteorite he has from that impact is worth at least $100,000.

For the past thirty years, he has used it as a doorstop and sent it off to school with his children for show-and-tell. He added the man buying the property could have it.

An examination found that the rock is an iron-nickel meteorite composed of mostly iron with 12 percent nickel.

David says the man who sold him the barn described the incredible tale of the meteorite making an impact crater in the backyard. It will be used as funding for students of earth and atmospheric sciences. The Smithsonian is considering purchasing the meteorite.

A mineral museum in ME also was considering buying it, and the owner herself - a collector - said she might purchase it.

"Just think, what I was holding is a piece of the early solar system that literally fell into our hands", she said.

As CMU notes, the man has pledged to donate 10% of the sale price to the university as a token of gratitude for helping him identify it.

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