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Hundreds injured when meteorite falls in Russian Urals

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MOSCOW (AP) - A thick white contrail, an intense flash and sharp explosions marked the passage today of a meteor across the sky above Russia's Ural Mountains, where more than 400 people have reported injuries, many from broken glass.
 
The Emergency Ministry says fragments of the meteorite fell in a thinly populated area of the Chelyabinsk region. And about 6000 square feet of a roof at a zinc factory collapsed.
 
A ministry spokeswoman calls Friday's event a meteor shower while another ministry official says it was a single meteorite.

Russia's Academy of Sciences estimates size of Urals meteor at 10 tons.
 
The event was captured on amateur video.

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