Meteorite hits the ground with a bang in Siberia

 
Meteorite hits the ground with a bang in Siberia
RUSSIA -- A meteorite lit up the sky before crashing into the ground in western Siberia on Sunday.

Residents of the city Sajanogorsk in the Republic of Khakassia in southwest Siberia, witnessed a bright fireball in the sky, followed by a loud bang, but no one are reported to have been injured.

Several videos of the event have been uploaded on social media and show how the entire night sky is lit up, writes Reuters.

According to witnesses, one could hear a loud bang about one minute after the meteor passed the town, and shaking from the collision led to several alarms being triggered.

- At 18.37 a flying, shining object was seen over the city, followed by a crash. The ground shook, said head of the city administration in Sajanogorsk, Leonid Bykov, in a televised speech.

Authorities said that most of the meteorite burned up before impact.

- I can tell you that there is no damage to institutions or factories in Sajanogorsk, said Bykov.

Russian authorities sent a team of experts to the site to investigate.



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