South Korean city wants to model itself after Roswell

Posted at: 03/25/2014 6:33 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Could there be another Roswell?

A Korean town believes so, but Roswell leaders say "no way."

KOB Eyewitness News 4 came across an article published Tuesday in Korea titled, "Can Jinju pull off a Roswell act?"

Jinju is a town in South Korea that was just catapulted into the spotlight after a rare meteor shower. Three chunks of space rock were found.

Space enthusiasts are flocking to the town to see the rocks and that gave Jinju leaders an idea.

The article says, "The city government is hoping to make itself over as the Roswell of Korea and continue to attract tourists."

The town's government wants to model itself after Roswell.

"No way," Roswell Mayor Dennis Kintigh said.

Roswell was thrown into the spotlight after the alleged UFO crash in 1947. Kintigh says there can only be one Roswell.

"You can't mimic us. I mean god bless those folks in South Korea, but it just can't be duplicated," he said.

But Korean leaders have the right idea. Businesses in Roswell still thrive from the alleged alien crash.

"Right now, you know it's great having the tourists come in. I'm making a living off of it right now. If it wasn't for them I would be a stay at home mom, and so it's been really great to have everybody come here and visit our nice town," shop owner Luana Stacy said.

But in the end, there can only be one Roswell. And ours.