Meteorite Injures Nearly 1,000 Russians

A meteorite contrail is seen in Chelyabinsk region on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. A meteor streaked across the sky of Russia?s Ural Mountains, causing sharp explosions and reportedly injuring around 100 people, including many hurt by broken glass. (AP Photo/Sergey Hametov)
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MOSCOW (AP) - Interfax says nearly 1,000 people injured by falling meteor in Russia, according to officials.

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 the event a meteor shower while another ministry official says it was a single meteorite.

The event was captured on amateur video.