- Heaven smiled on Josua Hutagalung, whose house became a landing point for a meteorite that fell from space
- The rock, which is worth £1.4 million (R28 million), crashed through the roof of Josua's house when he was working on a coffin next to his house
- The meteorite was bought by a collector in the United States and the coffin maker says he will use part of the money to build a church in his community
An Indonesian coffin maker identified as Josua Hutagalung had his fortune changed when a meteorite worth £1.4 million (R28 million) crashed through the roof of his house.
The 33-year-old man said he was working on a coffin next to his house when the space rock smashed through the veranda at the edge of his living room.
The meteorite, weighing 2.1kg was still warm and partially broken when the man brought it out from where it landed.
According to Josua, residents who heard the sound when the rock landed came to his house to have a look of it, Daily Mail reported. The rock was bought by a doctor and meteorite collector in the United States of America identified as Jay Piatek.
Josua said he would use part of the money to build a church in his community.
The stone is a blue and violet variety of the mineral zoisite and has only been found in northern Tanzania. The 52-year-old miner and father of over 30 children said that he would use the money from the sale to help his local people. He said:
“With the money we are getting, we will give back to our community. I personally have set up two schools for children with the money I received from mining."
It should be noted that miners like Lazier carry out their activities under licenses provided by the government. Though the lucky miner said he would not change his lifestyle, he said that he would slaughter one of his cows to celebrate the win.
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