Asteroid craash in Russia blows out windows and start fires
Screenshot from YouTube user Gregor GrimmThe regional Emergency Ministry said the phenomenon was a meteorite shower, but locals have speculated that it was a military fighter jet crash or a missile explosion. “According to preliminary data, the flashes seen over the Urals were caused by [a] meteorite shower," the Emergency Ministry told Itar-Tass news agency.
The Emergency Ministry reported that no civil aircraft were damaged by the meteorite shower, and that “all flights proceed according to schedule.” No local power stations were damaged, either.
Residents of the town of Emanzhilinsk, some 50 kilometers from Chelyabinsk, said they witnessed a flying object that suddenly burst into flames, broke apart and fell to earth. A black cloud was reported hanging above the town.
Witnesses in Chelyabinsk said the city’s air smells like gunpowder.
Screenshot from YouTube user Gregor Grimm
Many locals reported that the explosion rattled their houses and smashed windows.
“This explosion, my ears popped, windows were smashed… phone doesn’t work,” Evgeniya Gabun wrote on Twitter. “My window smashed, I am all shaking! Everybody says, that a plane crashed,” Twitter user Katya Grechannikova reported.
Many speculated on what caused the powerful explosion – some claimed it was a crashed plane, while others said it could have been a UFO. “My windows were not smashed, but I first thought that my house is being dismantled, then I thought it was a UFO, and my eventual thought was an earthquake,” Bukreeva Olga wrote on Twitter.
It is believed that the incident may be connected to asteroid 2012 DA14, which measures 45 to 95 meters in diameter and will be passing by Earth tonight at around 19:25 GMT at the record close range of 27,000 kilometers.
For sure a meteorite. This has to be pieces from the very large asteroid that is supposed to just miss earth tomorrow. It doesn't seem good that the small pieces are this big - I would guess they won't be the only ones to hit. Hopefully none any bigger. Supposedly Russian air defense shot it and broke it down when it was 20 km up still.
Oddly enough, as was already posted in this thread, Russia has received the largest asteroid impact in recent history at Tunguska. That one burst into air though and didn't make direct impact. Much more powerful than nuke and this one was said to be as big.