Spectacular Fireball Seen over Siberia, Just Months after Similar Object Exploded above the Bering Sea
A spectacular fireball was captured on camera by several residents of the Russian city of Krasnoyarsk in Siberia on April 6th.
The fireball came just months after a similar celestial object exploded over the Bering Sea off the coast of Siberia on December 18th, 2018; an event so powerful that it was compared to the 2013 Chelyabinsk meteor, which caused significant damage over dozens of miles and injured nearly 1,500 people.
"I panicked as it sounded and looked like a plane on fire, I got really scared of the noise and shine it created," a local woman told 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."
Other residents reported that the meteor was blindingly bright. It reportedly broke into several parts before disappearing somewhere over the Irkutsk region east of Krasnoyarsk.
This is the third major meteor event reported in the region within the last four months.
In addition to the explosion over the Bering Sea last December, a green, yellow, and orange fireball that "warmed the air" and "shook the ground" struck the Krasnoyarsk region on March 15th.
The local ministry of emergencies and expert Viktor Grokhovsky from Ural Federal University both agreed that the fireball over Krasnoyarsk was a bolide meteor.
"It exploded quite high in the sky somewhere over Irkutsk region," Grokhovsky said. "It was a bolide that moved with a speed higher than the New Tunguska meteorite from Evenkia. Its structure must have been quite loose given that it split into fragments."
A similar object was seen around 500 miles west of Krasnoyarsk over Akademgorodok, Russia last November 27th. That object was also determined by experts to be a bolide meteor.
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