Hundreds injured when meteorite falls in Russian Urals

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Associated Press

Posted on February 15, 2013 at 4:03 AM

Updated Friday, Feb 15 at 4:04 AM

MOSCOW (AP) — A thick white contrail, an intense flash and sharp explosions marked the passage today of a meteor across the sky above Russia's Ural Mountains, where more than 400 people have reported injuries, many from broken glass.

The Emergency Ministry says fragments of the meteorite fell in a thinly populated area of the Chelyabinsk region. And about 6000 square feet of a roof at a zinc factory collapsed.

A ministry spokeswoman calls the event a meteor shower while another ministry official says it was a single meteorite.

The event was captured on amateur video.

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