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By Lenore Skomal Erie Times-News staff blogger
Lenore Skomal is an award-winning author and veteran journalist in all forms of media. She is a weekly columnist and daily blogger for the Erie Times-News. She’s authored 17 published books, including an anthology of her columns, Burnt Toast available on her website www.lenoreskomal.net.   Read more about this blog.
Posted: February 15th, 2013
Ever wonder what a meteorite hitting the Earth looks like?

Well, I always have. And thanks to the global reach and instantaneous nature of YouTube, now I know. (One of many reasons I love the Internet.)

According to Reuters, more than 500 people were injured when a meteorite shot across the sky and exploded over central Russia, sending fireballs and shattering windows and damaging buildings.

“People heading to work in Chelyabinsk heard what sounded like an explosion, saw a bright light and then felt a shockwave according to a Reuters correspondent in the industrial city of Chelyabinsk,” located 950 miles east of Moscow.

According to scientists, meteorites hitting the Earth are not uncommon–some 500 are estimated to crash into our planet each year.

The meteorite that crashed in Russia was captured on smart phones across Chelyabinsk, and, of course, instantaneously posted. I think this is one of the best ones. (Just give it a second to load.)

I’ve been following this story since it broke, and of course, the inevitable has happened–people are claiming it’s really a UFO. Either way, I’m intrigued.

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