Josua Hutagulung, a coffin maker from Indonesia, was enjoying his afternoon on Tuesday [17 November] when a football-sized meteorite suddenly came crashing through the roof of his home.
“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,“ he told the Sun.
#Indonesian man becomes an instant #millionaire as #meteorite worth £1.4m crashes through his roof
Josua Hutagalung,33, was working when the rock smashed into his roof in Kolang the meteorite was still warm when he touched it
Local residents had heard large booming sounds pic.twitter.com/2DJ2cZbkvq
— Hans Solo (@thandojo) November 18, 2020
As you would imagine, having your home partially destroyed by a meteorite is enough to ruin to anyone’s day. Fortunately for Hutagulung, his mood quickly changed for the better when experts decided to analyse the piece of space debris.
According to reports from The Sun, experts found that the 4.5billion-year-old meteorite was actually a Carbonaceous chondrite, one of the two divisions of stony meteorites and is estimated to have a value of R13,000 per gram. This means the 2.1kg meteorite that crashed through Hutagulung’s home is worth an eye-watering R28 million.
Hutagulung has since sold the meteorite to US meteorite expert, Jared Collins, who quickly jumped on a plane to purchase the meteorite.
“My phone lit up with crazy offers for me to jump on a plane and buy the meteorite. I carried as much money as I could muster and went to find Josua, who turned out to be a canny negotiator,” Collins told The Sun.
Thanks to his huge payout, Hutagalung now plans on retiring and building a church for his community.