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The authorities have stayed initially silent on the unidentified object which broke apart as it flew over eastern Russia early on Saturday morning. After streaking across the sky, it exploded into a number of pieces with a dazzling flash and a delayed boom described as sounding several minutes later before 7am.
One account said the noise of the explosion came eight minutes after the break-up in the sky. Best guesses from eyewitnesses close to the city of Blagoveshchensk were that this was a meteor.
Other suggestions on social media were that it was a rocket.But Sputnik news agency described one witness as saying 'it looked like a plane's trail but way bigger and brighter'. There were no reports from the authorities suggesting it was a man-made object.
Satellite Re-entry Over Western USA
The American Meteor Society received over 145 reports from western states last night (February, 23th 2015) about a slow moving grouping of fireballs traveling from the south east to the north west. Witness reports indicate, the object travelled over a 1,000 mile distance and was seen from as far south as Arizona and as far north as Alberta CA. The phenomenon was seen from Arizona, Idaho, Utah, Montana, Nevada, California, Washington, Oregon, Wyoming, Alberta and British Columbia on Tuesday, February 24th 2015 around 11:00 PM Mountain time.