Just as there is a lag between seeing lightning and hearing thunder, there was a delay between the time the meteor could be seen, and the arrive of the amazing sonic boom which shattered windows, set off car alarms, and in one case apparently knocked down a brick wall of a (poorly built, Soviet-era) factory. Due to the time lag, a rumor started that missiles were shot at the “incoming” meteor, and the missiles caused damage falling back to earth. That rumor was false, and all the damage was caused by the sonic booms, which can be heard in this YouTube video. (The people went outside to film the contrail left by the meteor, and then the sound arrived.)

The meteor, or a part of the meteor, apparently smashed a hole in the ice of a Russian lake.


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