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200 Children Reported Injured In Russia Meteor Explosion

Fri, February 15, 2013 3:31pm EDT by 1 Comment
Meteor Hits Russia
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A bright meteor streaked through the morning sky in the Ural region in Russia, causing reactionary explosions that shattered glass in buildings and injuring more than 1,000 people — including 200 people. Watch the shocking video.

The people of Russia’s Ural region were in for a shocking surprise during their morning commute when a meteor flew through the sky at an alarming speed before exploding with a massive boom and shock waves. The explosion caused buildings to shake and windows to shatter in mostly in the Chelyabinsk region — and have caused injuries to approximately 1,000 people.

Of the injuries, an estimated 200 were children, according to the RIA Novosti news agency — but luckily, none of them were considered serious.

An estimated 3,000 buildings sustained damage after the shockwaves from the explosion, with shattered glass being the biggest issue. The explosion occurred at 9:20 a.m. local time, when many people were out and about and commuting.

Witnesses React To Meteor Explosion

As onlookers watched the bright meteor streak through the sky, leaving a smoky trail of debris and a loud boom, many were confused as to what was going on.

“I was driving to work, it was quite dark, but it suddenly became as bright as if it were day,” Viktor Prokofiev, 36, said, according to Reuters. He is a resident of Yekaterinburg in the Urals Mountains.

“I was standing at a bus stop, seeing off my girlfriend. Then there was a flash and I saw a trail of smoke across the sky and felt a shock wave that smashed windows,” a man named Andrei, who did not give his last name, said.

WATCH: Meteor Hits Russia — The Shocking Explosion

Witnesses caught the bright meteor on camera as it streaked through the sky, catching morning commuters off guard.

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