A huge asteroid shattered the morning skies over Russia’s Urals region generating a series of powerful sonic booms, blowing out windows and causing widespread panic, injuring hundreds of people. Watch the video above by Discovery News that was created by a series of Youtube videos uploaded from eyewitness cameras and CCTV footage. Russian news agency RT reported that “Atmospheric phenomena have been registered in the cities of Chelyabinsk, Yekaterinburg and Tyumen,” “In Chelyabinsk, witnesses said the explosion was so loud that it resembled an earthquake and thunder at the same time, and that there were huge trails of smoke across the sky. Others reported seeing burning objects fall to earth.”

The region is approximately 900 miles east of Moscow. According to source more than 20,000 emergency response workers have been sent into the region and background radiation levels are being monitored and they are currently normal.