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Video: Unknown Flying Object Explodes Over City in Russian Far East

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A fireball disintegrates into a number of pieces with a dazzling flash. The glaring white tail remains for two hours and is captured on film by a number of residents.

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MOSCOW, January 18 (Sputnik) – An unidentified object flew over the city of Blagoveshchensk in the Russian Far East, breaking apart and leaving a blazing trail across the sky on Sunday.

An alleged meteor or comet, as some local residents suggest, brightened the sky between 6 and 7 a. m. (9-10 p.m. GMT, January 17) in the Amur Region.

“It looked like a plane’s trail but way bigger and brighter,” a witness claimed.

After streaking through the sky, the object exploded, disintegrating into a number of pieces with a dazzling flash.

“At 6:40 [9:40 p. m. GMT, January 17] the object exploded, but the sound came in after eight minutes. It was quite loud”, a resident said.

Officials have not provided any comment on the event.

The fireball caused a firestorm on Russian social media, with some claiming it to be a crashed celestial body and others saying it was a rocket. Some joked it was a “brother of the Chelyabinsk meteorite”.

On February 15, 2013, a 10,000-ton meteorite hit the Earth near the Russian city of Chelyabinsk. Its explosion inflicted damage on the infrastructure and injured 1,500 people with glass shattered by the shockwave.


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