Meteor explosion turns night into day over Siberian city

A large meteor exploded over Siberian city turning night into day on December 6, 2016.

Not as insane as Chelyabinsk, but quite a large space bolide! The meteor was seen for three or four seconds and around half a minute later there was a loud bang!

People in the Republic of Khakassia in southwest Siberia witnessed a large fireball exploding in the sky on Tuesday, turning the evening sky as bright as the day.

Some even managed to catch the event on camera.

According to witnesses, there was a sudden luminescence. It wasn’t as light as day, but still quite bright. There was a huge meteor flying above the mountain. It had a tail. Frankly, I was scared. I thought that it was a bomb. I saw that it was starting to brighten fast. The flash was really bright. It wasn’t blinding, but it was still bright. I looked up and… above the city hospital there was a meteor!

Reports of this green exploding fireball came from across Khakassia, as well as from the neighboring Krasnoyarsk Region. The event was best seen over the town of Sayanogorsk.

The meteor was seen for three or four seconds and around half a minute later there was a loud bang, triggering car alarms in many parts of the city.

Local forums were bombarded with speculation of a possible rocket malfunction or other technological mishaps, but authorities assured locals that the flare was natural and had caused no damage.

If any fragments of the meteor survived the fall, they most likely landed somewhere around the Babik Valley. An expedition had been dispatched to the area.

The meteor was several times smaller than the one over Chelyabinsk – probably no more than 10 to 15 meters in diameter – but its fragments may be found. However, determining where they landed would require accurate calculation of its path. This may take a day or so.

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