Meteorite hunters lured to small Maine town in hopes of cashing in on rare find

WAITE, Maine — With fewer than 70 residents, this remote Washington County town has far more trees than people.

But there may also be chunks of a meteor that lit up the sky during the day last weekend before breaking apart with a boom and falling to Earth near the Canadian border. When searchers show up trying to find pieces of them in the woods in hopes of reaping a $25,000 bounty, it’s hard not to notice them in such a small town.

“I’ve had five phone calls since noon,” Waite General Store co-owner Joe Ruff said Wednesday.

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