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The Russian Urals region has been stricken by a sudden cosmic attack. Unidentified flying objects exploded over several major cities, including Chelyabinsk, where the blast waves blew out windows and disrupted mobile connections.
The Emergency Ministry said the incident was caused by a shower of meteorite debris. Unconfirmed reports suggested that a meteorite was shot down by Russian air defenses. Multiple dashboard videos appeared online, showing huge fireballs flying over buildings and exploding with a strong blast. A local zinc factory was the worst-hit, with some of its walls collapsed.
The surprising celestial sight occurred in the Russian region of the Ural Mountains and is initially being attributed to a meteor explosion in the atmosphere by authorities, according to a Reuters report. Up to 100 injuries have been reported, as well as the discovery of a meteorite from the event, according to the Associated Press. A meteor streaked across the sky in eastern Russia Friday (Feb. 15), unleashing a powerful blast that shattered windows, damaged buildings and may have caused injuries, according to Russian officials and news reports.
Translations of updates on the Russian Emergency Ministry website suggest that some damage to buildings was caused by the meteor blast, and that meteorite fragments from the event were expected to be recovered.
Broken windows were found at at least 10 schools and three health facilities in the Chelyabinsk region, ministry officials wrote in an update. The shock wave from the meteor explosion also partially collapsed the warehouse of a zinc plant, they added.
Reuters cited a report by the Russian news agency RIA-Novosti, which stated that officials had detected a mid-air blast at an altitude of about 32,800 feet (10,000 meters). It was reportedly widely seen across Russia’s eastern Chelyabinsk and Sverdovsk regions, Reuters reported.
A report by the Russian television news agency Russia Today showed a video of the possible meteor, which included what appears to be a fireball streaking across the sky from several vantage points. At times the object is so bright it casts shadows.
The strange event has reportedly sparked theories of potential military intervention in meteor fall, and even UFOs, according to Russia Today.