A giant meteorite fell in Russia in a spectacular moment caught on tape, with the meteorite lighting up the sky in a series of explosions so loud that they shook houses and blew out windows. The incident raised fears that the bright lights in the sky could actually be a UFO.
The meteor shower sparked panic in three major cities in Russia’s Urals region — Chelyabinsk, Yekaterinburg, and Tyumen. In Chelyabinsk, witnesses said the explosion from the meteorites were so loud that it was like an earthquake mixed with thunder, RT.com reported. They also saw huge trails of smoke across the sky behind the meteor.
Still, even with confirmation that it was a natural phenomenon, civil officials were taking no chances as the meteorite falls.
“Police in the Chelyabinsk region are reportedly on high alert, and have enacted the ‘Fortress’ plan in order to protect vital infrastructure.
“Office buildings in downtown Chelyabinsk are being evacuated. Injuries were reported at one of the city’s secondary schools, supposedly from smashed windows. No other injuries have been reported so far.
“An emergency message published on the website of the Chelyabinsk regional authority urged residents to pick up their children from school and remain at home if possible.”
Russia’s Emergency Ministry noted that the meteor shower had not damaged any civil aircraft and that local power stations were intact as well.
Details were still hazy as to exactly what happened, but videos of the Russian meteor began trickling in showing a giant flash of light in the sky. One shows the meteor streaking across the sky, blowing up in a bright flash and then breaking apart.
This video catches the meteorite as it falls with a loud boom followed by what sound like several more impacts. Afterward, several windows are smashed.
Another video of the Russian meteor caught the moment, the meteorite falls to the earth with a loud crash that appeared to shake the ground and break windows.