Collectors Offering More than $15,000 for Fragments of Russian Meteorite

The biggest meteorite to hit Earth in more than 100 years did so on Friday in the Russian city of Chelyabinsk. Now, as the city repairs the thousands of broken windows that resulted from the meteor's blast, the city is facing a gold rush of sorts as collectors offer more than $15,000 for a small fragment of the space roc.

Just a day after the meteor streaked across the sky and exploded with more force than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, residents were out searching for pieces to sell. Potential purchasers posted messages calling for those who have found pieces to come forward, and one buyer offered 500,000 roubles, or $16,000, for a single fragment.

The largest pieces of meteorite were believed to have crashed into a frozen reservoir. Authorities, however, have stopped "meteorite hunters" from searching around the 8-meter-wide crater punched into the ice by the impact.