Roswell man owns real 'down to earth' collection

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ROSWELL, Ga. -- Since last week, the meteorite strike in central Russia has been a huge talking point around the world.

The explosion from the massive rock travelling 46,000 miles per hour injured many and caused structural damage around the region.

Debris from the purported pieces range from $20 to $30,000. A black stone was on eBay this morning for $4,100 and as of Tuesday evening, about 84 bids had been made on it. 

Here in metro Atlanta, a local man knows about buying meteorites. He has the biggest collection in the southeast.

David Gheesling's hobby and passion is out of this world.

"So Jeff this is a pallorite, a very rare form of metrorite that contains extra telestrial gems known as perridot."

It only makes sense this construction business owner lives in a place called Roswell. He loves space rocks. 

The Meteorite strike in Russia has now been seen by 138 million people on video sharing websites.

"Look at Russia last week -- 15 million pounds, 15 million pounds, this was a very big object."

Gheesling follows meteorites the way some men follow football or baseball.

He poses with Harold Cannon from Statesboro, now framed, Mr. Cannon's farm was struck by an alien rock.

From Statesboro to Claxton,  1984, a meteorite strikes rural Georgia. . .

"The backplate of this mailbox was blown off by the meteorite and the mailbox was sold at auction for a hefty price.

Georgia it seems it a hotbed of alien rocks.

"These are one of the rarest types of meteorites in the world -- and they can be found in central Georgia."

As for the strangest southern story of meteorites striking --Alabama 1954.

"A woman in her house in the kitchen, it strikes her radio, then her table, then her side, a nasty bruise she was okay."

Dave Gheesling says if you are interested in meteorites you can join the Meteorite Association of Georgia.

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