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Mystery as museum display case lifts on its own

Posted on Sunday, 22 December, 2019 | Comment icon 17 comments

The meteorite is in the blue lit display case. Image Credit: State Museum of the South Ural History
Perplexing CCTV footage has emerged showing a display case moving up and down all by itself.
Situated in The State Museum of South Ural History in the city of Chelyabinsk, Russia, the popular exhibit contains a chunk of the infamous meteor which injured over 500 people and caused significant damage over a wide area when it exploded over the region back in 2013.

The unexplained activity occurred on December 14th when CCTV footage showed the transparent dome on top of the meteorite slowly moving up and down over the course of several minutes.

It moved so much in fact that it triggered an alarm and alerted the museum's security staff.
Although a mechanism does exist to lift the dome, museum spokesman Yuri Bogatenkov has emphatically denied that this had anything to do with the phenomenon.

"We spoke to all our specialists in electronics and wiring, who said unanimously that it was impossible to have it opening by itself," he said. "Yet it happened."

"Right after it happened I queried what could it possibly be, and there is no answer so far."

You can check out the footage below - the dome begins to lift at around five seconds in, then again at around 40 seconds in. The video is sped up and covers a period of approximately twelve minutes.

Source: Sputnik International | Comments (17)

Tags: Meteorite

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #8 Posted by Kittens Are Jerks on 19 December, 2019, 18:29
From the article referenced below: Meteorites do contain radioactive elements, but not significantly more than any ordinary terrestrial rock. So that answers that. The article, by the way, is an interesting FAQ about meteorites, meteors and other celestial bodies. And yes, a PR stunt is also another possibility.
Comment icon #9 Posted by tortugabob on 19 December, 2019, 18:40
Didn't see anything.  More fake news.  Nothing to see here people.  Move along.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Piney on 19 December, 2019, 18:42
That's what I was trying to say.....before coffee.  I have chunks of the Toms River. the Chinga, the Seymchan , some stuff from Canada and some Argentinian stuff.  My longsword blade was forged with a chunk of the Canadian stuff added to it in China......You should of seen that  customs nightmare. 
Comment icon #11 Posted by Not A Rockstar on 19 December, 2019, 20:38
really? Do I need to worry about my minerals collection in its case I have had for years? I have a few crystals of various formation types in there. It is my night stand actually so maybe I am already doomed. oh well.
Comment icon #12 Posted by moonman on 19 December, 2019, 20:56
The motorized display dome slowly lifts and shuts itself again, and it isn't caused by the electronics. Sure thing, bro. The article itself says the cover is operated with a remote control. How many of those people are messing with phones at the time? Someone either willfully or accidentally hacked the signal.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Piney on 20 December, 2019, 2:42
No, that isn't that big. I'm talking about actual rock shops. 
Comment icon #14 Posted by Stiff on 22 December, 2019, 21:41
There is of course another possible explanation...             
Comment icon #15 Posted by Debra F. II on 23 December, 2019, 4:14
As my electrician brother in-law would... "it was a power surge!" : )
Comment icon #16 Posted by Calibeliever on 23 December, 2019, 16:52
NTM remote controlled, my cat sits on the remote all the time and changes the channel. Maybe someone opened it by accident and then denied it, creating a (*drumroll please*) mystery. Why not take it the next step and get it on the interwebs?
Comment icon #17 Posted by Debra F. II on 28 December, 2019, 20:22
Look again... closely! At the table thing everyone is standing around, in the middle of the room.

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