Meteor Injures 400 In Russia After Explosions Impact Earth

Russia Meteorite Shower Injures 500 From Explosions, Soldiers Sent To Impact Sites [Video]

A meteor shower in Russia on Friday morning unleashed a series of explosions that injured more than 500 people, with nine hospitalized and three critically injured by broken glass.

The meteor appeared in the sky above Russia’s Ural Mountains as a bright white flash for a few seconds. This was followed by a heavy “bang” that echoed the sound of a blast, according to Russia’s official News Agency Itar-Tass.

Fragments of the meteor fell in the Chelyabinsk region, an area about 1500 kilometers east of Moscow.

Itar-Tass report that the explosion was centered near the town of Satka, about 200 kilometers from regional capital city of Chelyabinsk.

According to The Associated Press, Interior Ministry spokesman Vadim Kolesnikov said over 400 people [that figure has since updated to 1200] had sought medical assistance after the blasts, with at least three hospitalized.

Most of the injuries were from glass broken by the explosions.

“There was panic. People had no idea what was happening. Everyone was going around to people’s houses to check if they were OK,” Sergey Hametov, a resident of Chelyabinsk, which is about 1500 kilometers east of Moscow, told AP in a telephone call.

“We saw a big burst of light then went outside to see what it was and we heard a really loud thundering sound,” he added.

Russia Meteor Injures 400 In Explosions