The Chelyabinsk region of Russia, in the Ural Mountains about 930 miles east of Moscow, was pelted by at least one meteorite on Friday, freaking out residents with bright streaks across the sky and loud, window-shaking explosions. No serious injuries have been reported from the blasts, and Russian authorities are providing slightly different explanations for what happened. The growing consensus is that a meteorite exploded about 32,000 feet in the air, scattering smaller chunks around the region. "Verified information indicates that this was one meteorite which burned up as it approached Earth and disintegrated into smaller pieces," Russian Emergency Ministries official Elena Smirnykh tells Russia's RIA Novosti.
Watch some impressive amateur video of the meteorite crash above, and follow updates below from Reuters' Anthony De Rosa.
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