Town remembers 80 years after meteorite

By Brandi Hodges - bio | email

PARAGOULD, AR - It's been 80 years since a meteorite fell from outer space and landed in Region 8.  Early in the morning on February 17, 1930 a meteorite fell from the sky landing in Finch, Arkansas leaving a fifteen foot crater.

"When it came and hit Earth everything lit up.  It was like daylight for, I would say, 15 minutes," said Dennis Fields.

Dennis Fields was 8-years-old when the meteorite landed.  He and his older brother were there when the 820 pound space rock was dug out of the ground.

"When it came out in the newspapers back then there were people who came from as far away as Pennsylvania," said Fields.

Kenneth Renshaw is a Solar System Ambassador for NASA and a local astronomer.  In honor of the 80th anniversary of the meteorite, a group gathered Saturday morning to hear about the history.

"It was really a spectacular thing just for the people in the community," said Fields.

Fields said it could be great for the community if that meteorite were to land in Paragould again, this time on display.

"If we could get that back here it would be a tourist attraction," said Fields.

Paragould Mayor Mike Gaskill has proclaimed the week of February 14th through February 20th as Paragould Meteorite Week.

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