Stunning amateur videos of the Russian meteor explosion

February 15, 2013

A meteor hurtled over central Russia Friday, reportedly damaging buildings and injuring hundreds of people. One amateur video, above, shows the meteor at a distance as it first enters the sky. This one, below, was taken from closer up and captured some of the very scary-sounding explosions:

Experts at the Russian Academy of Sciences told The Washington Post that the space-borne object may have been about 10 tons and was likely moving at an astonishing 10 to 12 miles per second. The meteor may have exploded under the pressure of its own weight and speed, a U.S. scientist told the Associated Press.

Here's another video of the explosion. You can hear car alarms going off. The explosions reportedly caused windows in the town to shatter and the roof of one factory to collapse:

Several amateur videos purportedly caught the event on camera, including the explosion, which must have been terrifying. A number of videos were taken by the dashboard cams that are common in Russian cars.

"I looked out the window and saw a huge line of smoke, like you get from a plane but many times bigger," a local witness told BBC News. "A few minutes later the window suddenly came open and there was a huge explosion, followed by lots of little explosions. It felt like a war zone and it lasted about 20 to 30 minutes."

This security camera footage shows the entire sky changing color:

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