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Mystery as museum display case lifts on its own

December 22, 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)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #8 Posted by Kittens Are Jerks 3 years ago
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. https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/meteorites-and-meteor-wrongs.html And yes, a PR stunt is also another possibility.
Comment icon #9 Posted by tortugabob 3 years ago
Didn't see anything.† More fake news.† Nothing to see here people.† Move along.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Piney 3 years ago
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 3 years ago
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 3 years ago
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 3 years ago
No, that isn't that big. I'm talking about actual rock shops.†
Comment icon #14 Posted by Stiff 3 years ago
There is of course another possible explanation...† † † † † † †
Comment icon #15 Posted by Debra F. II 3 years ago
As my electrician brother in-law would... "it was a power surge!" : )
Comment icon #16 Posted by Calibeliever 3 years ago
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 3 years ago
Look again... closely! At the table thing everyone is standing around, in the middle of the room.

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