Meteor shower sparks UFO panic in Russia, injures 500
Moscow: A meteor shower rained down on central Russia, sowing panic as the hurtling space debris exploded in the air, blew out windows and left several people injured, officials and agencies reported.
"A meteorite disintegrated above the Urals (mountain range in central Russia), partially burning up in the lower atmosphere," the local office of the national emergencies ministry said in a satement, released Friday.
Over 500 people were left injured after the metor shower caused massive destruction in Chelyabinsk region.
"Fragments of the meteorite reached Earth, falling in sparsely populated areas in the Chelyabinsk region," it said.
"According to preliminary information, four people have been injured by flying glass," it said.
"At 11:00 am local time (0500 GMT) we received numerous calls of panic, power cuts and contusions," Interfax cited the local government as saying.
In the picture, still image from video shows the trail of a falling object above a residential apartment block in the Urals city of Chelyabinsk. Image Courtesy Reuters.