CHELYABINSK, Russia Feb 15 A powerful blast
rocked the Russian region of the Urals early on Friday with
bright objects, identified as possible meteorites, falling from
the sky, emergency officials said.
"It was definitely not a plane," an emergency official told
Reuters, without elaborating. "We are gathering the bits of
information and have no data on the casualties so far."
No one was hurt in a meteor shower, an emergency official
told RIA-Novosti. Local residents said they witnessed burning
objects in the sky of the Chelyabinsk and Sverdlovsk regions.
A Reuters witness in Chelyabinsk reported hearing a huge
blast early in the morning and feeling a shockwave in a
19-storey building in the town center.
The sounds of car alarms and breaking windows could be heard
in the area, the witness said, and mobile phones were working
"Preliminary indications are that it was a meteorite rain,"
an emergency official told RIA-Novosti. "We have information
about a blast at 10,000-meter (32,800-foot) altitude. It is
The trace from a falling object could be seen in
Yekaterinburg, some 200 kilometers (125 miles) southeast of
Chelyabinsk, another Reuters witness said.
(Reporting by Andrey Kuzmin and Natalia Shurmina, Writing by
Alexei Anishchuk; Editing by Xavier Briand)