Originally Posted by tesla69
arresting people for selling parts of the meteor?
An unidentified substance has been seized from a local man by the police in Chelyabinsk region. The man was trying to sell the object as a 'meteorite fragment', reports news agency RIA Novosti.
Talking about the seizure, spokeswoman Anzhelika Chirkova said that the police identified the person as a 29-year-old resident of Chelyabinsk region. He was trying to sell about 60 grams of a substance via the Internet as a meteorite fragment. The substance that the police seized was sent for lab testing in order to determine its composition and whether it could pose any health risk.
Chirkova police representative said that they were sending across their message to people informing them not to purchase any meteorite fragments that are being sold, as they are being sold without permits or certification. People have been selling the fragments online for 10,000 to 500,000 rubles. Two laboratories, one in Moscow and one in Ural, are the only two labs that have the authority to issue meteorite certificates, reports RIA Novosti news agency.
They don't seem to be cracking down on the sale of meteorite bits per se
, rather, they seem to be cracking down on possible fraud, as what's being sold has not been examined or certified by qualified laboratories.