Amazing photos and video: Hundreds injured after meteor lights up the sky over Russia

At least 500 people were reportedly injured after a meteor lit up the sky over Chelyabinsk region of Russia. Photos and video from witnesses show a fireball streaking across the sky above the Ural Mountains. The resulting shock wave shattered windows and damaged structures.

Incredible photos and video from people in the region:

A zinc factory appears to have taken major damage. Fox reports that it is unclear whether the damage was caused by a meteorite or the shock wave.

Russian officials said a large meteorite crater was discovered and fragments were recovered.

Update:

Video that’s circulating is not of the actual crater.

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More injuries are being reported:

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Video from inside a building as windows are blown in:

Update:

This is what the sonic boom sounded like:

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Reports now indicate that 1,200 people were injured.

  • RanierWest

    I’ve seen a meteor closer than that before, and it was pitch black to bright as day for a second or two ~ amazing to experience. so glad we live in the age of video camera in everyone’s hands.

  • vcferlita

    Must be the result of global warming. Let’s ask Bill Nye.

  • http://twitter.com/Stimulus4U Marty Luther

    Meteor truthers release video of giant Acme catapult proving #RussianMeteor was launched by George W. Bush and Wile E. Coyote.

    • Herman LaClair

      beautiful.

      • BlueGood

        Update:

        Wile E. Coyote & George W. have have fallen short of the intended “TARGET” residing in North Korea….

        Both George W. & Mr. Coyote were said to be in complete agreement that….”A few tweaks to the trajectory and will nail the SOB next shot”….

    • http://www.facebook.com/brett.mcmicken Brett McMicken

      yet another unquestionable proof of global warming/climate change

      • SineWaveII

        You must work for CNN

        • TexSizzle

          Do you not understand sarcasm?

          • SineWaveII

            I could ask the same question of you.

          • TexSizzle

            Why? You’re the one who missed it. Bless your heart.

          • SineWaveII

            Missed what? I was making a joke.

          • SineWaveII

            I could ask the same question of you.

        • TexSizzle

          Do you not understand sarcasm?

      • SineWaveII

        You must work for CNN

    • V the K

      And now, tripods are attacking Chelyabinsk

      https://twitter.com/edzeppelin91/status/302437395503132672/photo/1

      (Just messing with the low-information voters)

    • V the K

      And now, tripods are attacking Chelyabinsk

      https://twitter.com/edzeppelin91/status/302437395503132672/photo/1

      (Just messing with the low-information voters)

  • V the K

    Diane Feinstein quickly introduced a bill to ban “high-capacity assault asteroids.”

    • Ben Ulferd

      NRA immediately releases statement stating that armed US citizens could have shot down meteor before anyone was hurt.

    • Ben Ulferd

      NRA immediately releases statement stating that armed US citizens could have shot down meteor before anyone was hurt.

  • V the K

    House Democrats push a bill to designate public schools “Meteor Free Zones.” Claim Republican opponents “Want children to die in flaming death from deadly but preventable space rocks.”

  • V the K

    NY Times Headline: “Meteor Strike Blamed on Republican Obstruction; Budget Cuts.”

    • SineWaveII

      Funny thing. That’s also Rachel Maddow’s opening story on BSDNC er MSNBC.

    • SineWaveII

      Funny thing. That’s also Rachel Maddow’s opening story on BSDNC er MSNBC.

  • Matt

    Things like this wouldn’t happen if we’d just stop denying that man made global warming is happening. See world???? See??? Your climate change denials just killed 400 people.

  • daveachicagoareajamerican

    It’s Bush’s fault!

  • daveachicagoareajamerican

    Dang, it missed Washington by 5498 miles! Maybe next time.

  • V the K

    What I really love about these videos are the attitudes of the Russian drivers. They’re all like, “Oh, cool, giant flaming meteor.” I feel like if this had happened over the East or West Coast of the USA, all the low-information voters would be running around in panic and brainless hacks of the MFM would be in the throes of full-blown hysteria.
    .

    • SineWaveII

      It may not be that brainless, the next time you see something like that in the sky it could very well be a N Korean or Iranian missile.

    • SineWaveII

      It may not be that brainless, the next time you see something like that in the sky it could very well be a N Korean or Iranian missile.

  • andyt23

    President Obama (wearing his lady jeans) throws out first meteor of the season…just a bit outside.

  • thetawake

    Damn you, humans! Look! Just look at what your global warming has done!

  • Peyton

    Is it a requirement that every Russian car have a camera in it? Because they release crazy videos of stuff happening while driving all the time.

    • JeffDeWitt

      Apparently they have had HUGE problems with insurance scams so once cheap car video cameras became available a lot of people got them for self protection. As a result we see a LOT of interesting videos come out of Russia.

      I bought one myself just because they are cool and I see people do enough stupid stuff on the road. Once I collect enough stupid driver tricks I’ll put them on YouTube.

    • JeffDeWitt

      Apparently they have had HUGE problems with insurance scams so once cheap car video cameras became available a lot of people got them for self protection. As a result we see a LOT of interesting videos come out of Russia.

      I bought one myself just because they are cool and I see people do enough stupid stuff on the road. Once I collect enough stupid driver tricks I’ll put them on YouTube.

    • SineWaveII

      It’s not a requirement but it’s the only way to protect yourself since the police are so corrupt. So many of their drivers do it voluntarily. I think we should start doing the same thing.

      • Peyton

        Thanks guys.

    • SineWaveII

      It’s not a requirement but it’s the only way to protect yourself since the police are so corrupt. So many of their drivers do it voluntarily. I think we should start doing the same thing.

  • $23629333

    So, this occurred Friday morning, Chelyabinsk time, which was Thursday evening in our part of the world? If so, George Noory would have been right on top it.* Sorry I missed the discussion. You know that neither he nor his audience believes that was a meteor.

    (* the story, not the meteor itself)

  • $23629333

    So, this occurred Friday morning, Chelyabinsk time, which was Thursday evening in our part of the world? If so, George Noory would have been right on top it.* Sorry I missed the discussion. You know that neither he nor his audience believes that was a meteor.

    (* the story, not the meteor itself)

  • Craig Jacobs

    It’s all GW Bushes’ fault. He made Katrina, he bombed the WTC and now he’s sending meteors to Russia with love. The man’s power is IMMENSE!

  • Craig Jacobs

    It’s all GW Bushes’ fault. He made Katrina, he bombed the WTC and now he’s sending meteors to Russia with love. The man’s power is IMMENSE!

  • aliswell

    Translation ~ “Don’t make me come down there!”

  • aliswell

    Translation ~ “Don’t make me come down there!”

  • CatHerder

    I was expecting an earth-shattering kaboom. What happened to my earth-shattering kaboom?

  • CatHerder

    I was expecting an earth-shattering kaboom. What happened to my earth-shattering kaboom?

  • 1SkepticalChick

    O scrambles for his skeet gun.

  • 1SkepticalChick

    O scrambles for his skeet gun.

  • stillinthe60s

    Hey Obama worshippers…just a little reminder regarding The One who can really lower the oceans and clean the air, along with all of our clocks.

  • Kicknback1

    In America, NASA launch you into space.

    In Soviet Russia, space launch into you.

  • Guest

    The new Pope has arrived.

  • BeeKaaay

    Don’t worry! The leftwingwackos have the plan!

    They will ban you being able to go outside. That’ll do it :)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KDX6MKQ3V5OZ3RG5FXUQIAJ5DU John

    Blaming the meteor for the injuries is rockist.

    /s

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KDX6MKQ3V5OZ3RG5FXUQIAJ5DU John

    Blaming the meteor for the injuries is rockist.

    /s