Franklin Parish men claim to have found meteorite, struck gold on same property

looking for someone to provide official confirmation of 11-pound rock
Published: Jul. 8, 2020 at 8:56 AM CDT
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FRANKLIN PARISH, La. (KNOE) - Two Franklin Parish men are claiming they have found a meteorite on their land. They say there’s a chance it is part of a meteor that hit in Arizona.

“Went down there and kicked it out of the road,” Eric Temple says. “Well, it was a couple of weeks, maybe a month, I looked down and it’s in the road again.” Temple says it kept happening for years until he finally put the rock next to the roots of a tree to keep it from moving.

The landowner Larry Williamson Jr. says he immediately knew something was different about the rock. “Been all over the United States cutting through rock, and I have never quite seen a rock quite like that one,” Williamson says.

Temple and Williamson brought in an expert to take a look at the 11-pound rock. The friend is the person who suggested it had similar properties to that of the Arizona meteor.

“He made a remark that when it entered the atmosphere, it could have burst, and that could be a part of it, but we don’t know,” Temple says.

Williamson then built two water wells on the land in preparations for a garden. That’s when he says he found gold flakes in the water.

“We got the other man to come here, and he’s hunted gold all over the United States, and he looked at it. He said that’s gold. He said there’s no doubt about it. That is gold. He has a machine that he runs tests with, and it showed gold,” Temple says.

Williamson says he’s run the 11-pound rock through multiple tests. It’s passed them all. Their friend advised them to keep it because of the potential. Now, they’re hoping someone can provide the official confirmation that the 11-pound rock is in fact a meteorite.

“We called all the colleges... Lafayette… They all see the pictures and think it’s legit, and it passes all the tests, but they don’t have the signature to specify it is real or the name of it, because it’s different kinds of asteroids,” Williamson says.

If it’s confirmed to be a meteorite, they say it can be worth $3 to $10 million. If so, they’re already planning their next steps.

“Then we can rent the equipment to go in after the gold,” Temple says.

KNOE reached out the LSU Department of Geology for more information regarding it. We have not yet heard back.

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