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Central Russia hit by meteor shower in Ural region
Meteor shower over Russia causes explosions on the groundA meteor shower in central Russia has caused some injuries and shattered windows, reports say.
Brightly burning rocks could be seen for hundreds of kilometres as they crashed into the Ural region.
Chelyabinsk residents reported the ground shook, windows shattered and car alarms were set off during the shower.
"A meteorite exploded above the Chelyabinsk region," an emergencies ministry spokesman told Interfax, while one report spoke of several injuries.
Sydney Morning Herald:
Moscow: A meteor shower has caused explosions in the lower atmosphere above central Russia and the Urals region, blowing out windows and causing injuries.
‘‘There was a meteor shower, without fragments falling to the ground,’’ an emergencies ministry spokesman told the Interfax news agency.
Reuters reported that a powerful blast had rocked the Urals region with bright objects falling from the sky.
"It was definitely not a plane," an emergency official said, without elaborating.
The Russian interior ministry said people had been injured by flying glass at a school in Chelyabinsk. No other casualty information was yet available.
Local residents reported witnessing burning objects in the sky of the Chelyabinsk and Sverdlovsk regions.
"Preliminary indications are that it was a meteorite rain," an emergency official told RIA-Novosti. "We have information about a blast at 10,000-metre altitude. It is being verified."
A witness in Chelyabinsk reported hearing a huge blast early in the morning and feeling a shockwave in a 19-storey building in the town centre.
The sounds of car alarms and breaking windows could be heard in the area, the witness said, and mobile phones were working intermittently
The trace from a falling object could be seen in Yekaterinburg, some 200 kilometers (125 miles) southeast of Chelyabinsk, another witness said.
A meteoroid is a piece of rock, up to the size of a boulder, that causes a meteor, or visible trace, as it enters the Earth's atmosphere. Pieces that make it to Earth are known as meteorites.