posted on Feb, 17 2013 @ 07:47 PM
Actually have read meteorites are hot for very brief time - they spend eons in cold space and when they enter the atmosphere only the outermost
regions of the bigger ones heat up intensely but that time exp friction is usually very brief, usually less than a minute or two, before it either
totally disintegrates from the kinetic forces so that any bits that make it to the ground tend to cool back down surprisingly fast.
Of course little ones totally burn up and really big ones would - well, no one would be around to worry about singing their fingertips! But I'm just
parroting what Ive read and of course arrogance is what leads to accidents, so I think I'd side with you in being cautious - never know what risks
might be there (tho I'd certainly not hesitate scooping it up in say a jar!). :-)