Initial reports pegged the glowing ball as a huge meteor, but speculation lingers over what exactly it may have been.
The object exploded over Eastern Russia, near the Ural mountains, on Friday morning.
The BBC reports the Russian meteor blast was so intense that windows were blown from homes, and cars causing injuries to at least 400 people.
Here’s what the scene looks like in the aftermath:
Lifenews tabloid said that at least one piece of the fallen object caused damage on the ground in Chelyabinsk. According to preliminary reports, it crashed into a wall near a zinc factory, disrupting the city’s Internet and mobile service.
Witnesses said the explosion was so loud that it seemed like an earthquake and thunder had struck at the same time, and that there were huge trails of smoke across the sky. Others reported seeing burning objects fall to earth.It made a bright streak through the sky and a huge boom when it exploded. Here’s a stunning video of it shining bright as it falls through the atmosphere:
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