MOSCOW (WWJ/CBS) – A meteor streaked across the sky above Russia’s Ural Mountains on Friday morning, causing sharp explosions and injuring more than 400 people, many of them hurt by broken glass.
Fragments of the meteor fell in a thinly populated area of the Chelyabinsk region, the Emergency Ministry said in a statement.
Interior Ministry spokesman Vadim Kolesnikov said more than 400 people had sought medical treatment after the blasts, and at least three had been hospitalized in serious condition. Many of the injuries were from glass broken by the explosions.
Amateur videos posted online showed a bright streaks of light crossing the morning sky. In some videos, a large boom was heard — possibly an impact or possibly a sonic boom of the meteor sailing through the Earth’s atmosphere at more than the speed of sound.