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Meteorite explodes in flash of light over Russian Urals.

Summary: Eyewitnesses have been uploading their videos to the internet of the moment when a meteorite exploded and produced a brilliant flash of light.

Eyewitnesses have been uploading their videos to the internet of the moment when a meteorite exploded and produced a brilliant flash of light.

Dashboard cameras captured the streak of light as drivers were travelling on motorways during the morning rush hour.

Viktor Prokofiev was on his way to work and describes what he saw.

"It was quite dark, but it suddenly became as bright as if it was day. I felt I was blinded by headlights," he said.

Residents in Chelyabinsk and Magnitogorsk reported hearing an explosion, seeing a bright light and seeing bright objects falling.

More than 500 people are said to have been injured with many being treated for head wounds.

In Chelyabinsk local resident Andrei told how he was standing at a bus stop seeing off his girlfriend.

"Then there was a flash and I saw a trail of smoke across the sky and felt a shockwave that smashed windows."

Some buildings were badly damaged.

A zinc factory in Magnitogorsk suffered a partially collapsed roof and walls after meteor pieces rained on the town. The windows were shattered in many other buildings and mobile phone networks were interrupted.

The fireball which blazed across the horizon could be seen as far as 125 miles away in Yekaterinburg.

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