London, August 21 (ANI): A 6-year-old Brit boy reportedly found a piece of rock from space when he went to collect eggs from his garden hens.
Josh Chapple was stunned to find the egg-shaped shiny black lump of rock.
He found the 2ins rock the morning after Britain was blitzed by the annual Perseid meteor shower last week.
According to reports, up to 100 meteors an hour streaked across the sky above his home in Bratton Fleming in Devon, like shooting stars.
The little boy initially took the rock to be a lump of coal, but his parents later discovered that it was a meteorite.
"I saw it on the ground near our back door - there were burn marks all over it. I've never seen anything like it before. It was dark and shiny," the Daily Express quoted him as saying.
Josh's mother Sarah, 36, said that she knew at first glance the 2ins rock was not coal.
As to how she found out what it was, she said: "We found pictures of meteorites that had been found elsewhere in the world (on the Internet) - they looked just like the rock we had found."
Josh's father Andrew, 34, said that all three of his sons-Josh, Aiden, 13, and Kai, 11-got very excited when they realized what the find was.
He said:"We looked on eBay and there were people selling bits of meteor.One bloke in Mexico was selling it in slices for 15,000 pounds a go. The boys were saying 'Dad can we buy a racing car', but then there was someone in China selling them off for 15 pounds, so I said they'd probably have to wait." (ANI)