Panic As "Blindingly Bright" Meteor Explodes Over Russia With Loud Boom

"I panicked as it sounded and looked like a plane on fire, I got really scared of the noise and shine it created," said a local woman said

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Panic As 'Blindingly Bright' Meteor Explodes Over Russia With Loud Boom

A meteor exploded over Siberia on Saturday.


Onlookers were left panicking when a meteor exploded over Siberia in Russia on Saturday. According to The Siberian Times, the "blindingly bright" meteor exploded with a loud noise at about 7pm, local time. It split into several parts before disappearing over the Irkutsk region, east of Krasnoyarsk.

"I panicked as it sounded and looked like a plane on fire, I got really scared of the noise and shine it created," said a local woman from Krasnoyarsk city to The Siberian Times. "I pulled a phone out of a pocket, but it flew across the sky so fast that I only caught a long white trace it left."

Another resident of Krasnoyarsk described the meteor as resembling the light and sparks created during welding work, while a third likened it to a UFO.

One man, speaking to the Sun, called it the most beautiful thing he had ever seen and said he heard a loud boom as it vanished - "as if something was exploding in the sky."

Watch a video of the meteor below:

This is the third major meteor event over Russia in four months.

According to The Siberian Times, expert Viktor Grokhovsky from Ural Federal University concluded that the recent fireball was a bolide - a meteor that explodes mid-air before it hits the ground

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