Meteorite hunters -- including Steve Arnold of the Science Channel show "Meteorite Men" -- visited York County on Wednesday, searching for clues as to where remnants of a fireball might have landed.

A security camera at the York Water Company's pumping station in Spring Garden Township recorded the meteor as it crossed the sky early Monday morning, President and CEO Jeffrey Hines said. It's the company's only camera that did catch the fireball in view.

With compasses, video of the fireball's path and a map, the hunters examined the location of the camera and tried to figure out in which direction the meteor was heading.

They hope to get video from other surveillance cameras to help them triangulate where a one-mile-by-five-mile strewn field may be. Then they can search for the treasure -- rocks as black as coal.

"My hunch is this is in the area," Arnold, 43, of Kingston, Ark., said late Wednesday night, adding that he plans to work in York County again today.

It appears that the meteor was heading east, Arnold said while viewing a compass and a map of the county. The debris field would probably fall south of Route 30.

So while he wouldn't recommend that people in Dover go looking for pieces of rock from outer space, he would be interested in any surveillance video from that town or other places that captured the meteor.

"It's one piece of the puzzle," Arnold said of the water company's video.

Michael Antonelli, bottom, and his twin brother, David, check the York Water Company security camera Wednesday, trying to find the location of where an
Michael Antonelli, bottom, and his twin brother, David, check the York Water Company security camera Wednesday, trying to find the location of where an early Monday morning meteor might have landed. (DAILY RECORD / SUNDAY NEWS -- BIL BOWDEN)

Twin brothers Michael and David Antonelli, of the Pittsburgh area, gathered data earlier in the evening from the pumping station camera, and they, too, figured that the meteor was heading east and that meteorites might be in the local area.

The brothers are sharing the information with Ruben Garcia, another professional meteorite hunter from Phoenix. The professionals say a sonic boom that residents in York County heard is a good sign that meteorites are in the region.

"It looks like a good fall," Garcia said. "It looks like this meteor may have produced pieces."

Scientists study meteorites to learn about the past and the future, Garcia said. For example, a fossil might be found inside.

Some of the meteorites are sold to collectors, Garcia said. Some also trade and barter for pieces.

Meteorites are worth 5 cents a gram to $1,000 a gram, depending on how rare they are, Arnold said.


A farmer plowing a field north of Shrewsbury in 1907 uncovered a large meteorite.

According to "Never to be Forgotten" by James McClure, the farmer noted the meteorite because of its weight -- it was six inches wide and weighed a hefty 24 pounds.

A Carnegie-Mellon Web site says this about the meteorite, called "The Shrewsbury":

In 1907 a farmer plowed up this 24 pound (10.9 kg) meteorite while working in his fields. It resembled a rusty brown, smooth-angled rhombohedron (a six-sided prism with parallelogram faces).

The meteorite later was sliced into museum specimens and distributed to several leading museums.

- Two local brushes with meteors: Meteor shower lit up York County sky in 1833. Dense 'Shrewsbury' meteorite named after York County town where it was found. Read more at York Town Square blog.