On February 15, 2013, the sky directly over Chelyabinsk, Russia witnessed a fireball streaming across the sky with multiple cloud trails as fragments broke loose. That itself was a sight, but the main effect was sonic blasts from the exploding pieces that broke thousands of windows. Flying glass sent more than 1500 people to area hospitals. No one was killed, but rumors immediately that is was a rocket attack from America, then as it was known it was a meteorite there were rumors that the Russian military exploded the meteorite, thus the explosions and booms.
Later it was known that most fragments ended up in nearby Lake Chebarkul and scientists set about finding and examining them. Almost immediately fragments were offered for sale by enterprising scam artists and police have been busy investigating them. On eBay many fakes were for sale with news photos implying they were selling the scientists finds.
A warning: Do not buy any purported Chebarkyl meteor samples!
I wrote more about it in my blog:
For the visitor there is not much left to see. Windows are fixed, things are back to normal. However, someone has trademarked the name for ice cream and you can expect Chebarkyl Meteor souvenirs to be added to local souvenir offerings!
In Winter the lake is completely frozen over, so in summer it is easier to see and more pleasant. We expect guided tours to be offered in summer. Even if there really is nothing to see :)
Everyone attending Eurofest 2002 stayed in a circa 1950 Soviet camp. It was an experience I enjoyed and will never forget. A step back in time to a foreign environment I never thought I would experience.