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Imagine how this would stress 911. 500 hurt in Russia from blast as meteor streaks across the sky.

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When you add the combination of the images above witnessed all around an extremely large area, cell phones and more than 500 injured people from the concussion of the boom, I imagine you would have close to a perfect storm for a 911 center. This happened today in Russia and according to officials, there was panic and some people thought the world was ending.


A meteor that scientists estimate weighed 10 tons (11 tons) streaked at supersonic speed over Russia’s Ural Mountains on Friday, setting off blasts that injured some 500 people and frightened countless more.

The Russian Academy of Sciences said in a statement that the meteor over the Chelyabinsk region entered the Earth’s atmosphere at a speed of at least 54,000 kph (33,000 mph) and shattered about 30-50 kilometers (18-32 miles) above ground.

The fall caused explosions that broke glass over a wide area. The Emergency Ministry says more than 500 people sought treatment after the blasts and that 34 of them were hospitalized.

“There was panic. People had no idea what was happening. Everyone was going around to people’s houses to check if they were OK,” said Sergey Hametov, a resident of Chelyabinsk, about 1500 kilometers (930 miles) east of Moscow, the biggest city in the affected region.

“We saw a big burst of light then went outside to see what it was and we heard a really loud thundering sound,” he told The Associated Press by telephone.

Another Chelyabinsk resident, Valya Kazakov, said some elderly women in his neighborhood started crying out that the world was ending.

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  • VanMan

    That would certainly have been an “Oh, SH*T!” moment…

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  • Fire21

    Rats!! “Video has been removed by owner.”

  • Dat Truck Dude

    No F* ing way! I want hear how Commenter would use a wagon pipe on that shit. LOL! I can see training academies trying to write up SOP’s on meteorite incidents.

    • Fire21

      Why are you attacking Commenter? The guy apparently has something that works for him and/or his department. Some people like fog nozzles, some like smooth-bore. Some like ladder pipes, some like deck guns, some like bumper turrets. Some like chain saws, some like circular saws. Some like plain water, some like additives.

      Point is, they all work in certain situations. Maybe Commenter is a bit forward with his presentation, but that’s no need to ridicule him or anyone else for expressing their views.

  • Steve in NJ

    Yeah, sure is a good thing that “meteor” burned up so nobody could see that it actually had 조선민주주의인민공화국 written on the side of it.