meteorite shot across the sky in central Russia and sent fireballs crashing to Earth, smashing windows, setting off car alarms and injuring around 500 people. Those Fireball of Meteor hit the earth and make a huge big crates hole in a mountain.
Fragments of at least one meteorite were seen falling from the morning sky in the Chelyabinsk region at around 9am local time, around 1,500km east of Moscow.
Witnesses described feeling a pressure wave and hearing explosions overhead as the object hurtled to earth. Windows shattered and there were localized power cuts, sparking panic among residents.
The emergencies ministry said that 20,000 rescue workers had been dispatched to help the injured and locate those needing help.
Still image from video shows the trail of a falling object above a residential apartment block in the Urals city of Chelyabinsk Five people have been seriously injured
The defence ministry said it had sent soldiers to the sites of impact.
Police urged people to remain calm and asked those who had been injured to call a special hotline.
Russia's Ministry of Interior said more than 500 people had reported injuries, with most requiring treatment for minor cuts and bruises caused by broken glass and damage to buildings. No serious injuries have been reported.
The local office of the National Emergencies Ministry said in a statement: "A meteorite disintegrated above the Urals (mountain range in central Russia), partially burning up in the lower atmosphere.
"Fragments of the meteorite reached Earth, falling in sparsely populated areas in the Chelyabinsk region."
Many drivers in Russia have video recorders fitted in their cars in case of accidents or disputes with traffic police. Footage from these uploaded to YouTube show the fireball crashing to the ground.
There were reports of traffic in the Urals city of Chelyabinsk grinding to a halt and people seeking shelter in buildings as the fireballs lit up the sky.
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The emergencies ministry confirmed the mobile phone network was temporarily cut.
Man poses for a photograph after receiving treatment for injuries sustained from a shock wave that followed after object fell from the sky in the Urals region, in a hospital in Chelyabinsk Viktor was injured by a shock wave
Schools have been closed for the day across the region after the impact blew out windows.
The Chelyabinsk region is Russia's industrial heartland, home to many factories and other huge facilities that include a nuclear power plant and the Mayak atomic waste storage and treatment centre.
A spokesman for Rosatom, the Russian nuclear energy state corporation, said that its operations remained unaffected.