Remembering the Paragould Meteorite

February 17, 2005 -- Posted at 6:33 a.m. CST

Paragould, AR - The date was February 17, 1930. The town of Paragould was sleeping when all of a sudden a meteorite came to town.

The stranger from outer space slammed into two fields around 4:08 a.m.  There are a handful of people who remember what it was like.

"They didn't know what to think, they thought dynamite had went off somewhere," said Flossie Dunn.

The sound that woke up the town was three sonic booms made by different particles of the meteor. It broke into pieces as it entered Earth's atmosphere. Even though people saw and heard it. No one knew exactly where the big piece landed.

"This man was looking for his cow that had went a stray and found the hole."

The hole was 9 feet deep and the meteorite weighed 820 pounds !

"It was like a burnt piece of wood. It was all burnt up and had pebbles on it."

"It's the second largest meteorite ever seen fall from the sky and then recovered," said Kenneth Renshaw who's a, Solar System Ambassador with NASA.

Another stone was found about 3 miles away at the bottom of a 3 1/2 foot crater. If there was a third piece it was never recovered.

The biggest piece of that meteorite is now on display at the University of Arkansas.