A massive fireball was caught on camera exploding in the sky over the Republic of Khakassia in southwest Siberia on Tuesday morning.
“At first, I couldn’t understand what’s going on. There was a sudden luminescence. It wasn’t as light as day, but still quite bright,” witness Olga Sagalakova told RT.
The meteor was so vivid that Sagalakova first thought that it was a bomb.
“We looked at the mountain near us… and there was huge meteor flying above it. It had a tail. Frankly, I was scared. I thought that it was a bomb,” she said.
The fireball was visible for approximately three or four seconds, and was followed by a loud boom around 30 seconds later.
A fireball is a term ordinarily used to describe a very bright meteor, generally with the same luminosity as Venus, what astronomers measure as a magnitude of -4.
Local emergency services reported that the meteor burned up before entering the atmosphere, and did not cause any damage. A team was dispatched to the Babik Valley to search for fragments that may have landed, however.