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'Boom!' Meteor explosion injures 100s in Russia

  • Explosion leaves over 700 people injured, local Emergency Ministry says
  • 22 people are reportedly hospitalized

An explosion in the sky above Satka city, in the Chelyabinsk region of Russia, caused windows to shatter, injuring hundreds Friday.

Authorities from the local Emergency Ministry tell HLN that it was caused by a meteor that blew up in a flash of white light, followed by a loud bang.

This collection of dashcam and security camera videos uploaded to YouTube purports to show the moment of the blast from several vantage points:

CNN International meteorologist Pedram Javaheri points out that particles as small as a grain of sand can cause "shooting stars," but it takes an object at least as large as "a kitchen table for it to enter our atmosphere and cause an explosion."

Broken glass falling from high-rise buildings is reportedly the cause for most of the 700 injuries being reported by Russian State TV. Some 270 buildings were also damaged.

Take a listen to the explosion in this video, followed by breaking glass and car alarms set off by the shockwave:

Officials say the meteor was destroyed in the explosion.

The event comes just as Earth is set to be buzzed by a space rock called 2012 DA14, but NASA says that asteroid, which is about half a football field long, will not impact the Earth in any way. It's expected to skim past us with about 17,000 miles to spare.

KEEP READING: NASA: Asteroid will get 'remarkably close'

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