Video – Russian Meteor: Conspiracy Theorists Claim Meteorite Was Shot Down By Military Missile

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The tale of the meteorite which smashed into an Eastern Russian town on Friday seems strange enough – but now the internet is aflame with conspiracy theories that it was actually shot down by a Russian missile.

Video - Russian Meteor Conspiracy Theorists Claim Meteorite Was Shot Down By Military Missile

More than 950 people were injured when the meteor streaked through the sky at about 9.20 am local time in the Chelyabinsk region, near the Ural mountains.

The 10 tonne rock caused widespread panic as it tore through the sky, before an enormous explosion – thought to be a sonic boom – shattered windows and brickwork.

A crater about six metres across has now been found on the shore of a nearby lake.

But the story grew even stranger, after a Russian news website published claims that the meteorite was shot down by the government to prevent further harm.

Russia Today reported that an air defense unit at the Urzhumka settlement may have blown the meteorite to pieces at about 20 km above the Earth.

The rumour originated with the local Znak newspaper, quoting a military source – though it cannot and has not been verified.

The source said the vapor condensation trail of the meteorite showed it had been intercepted by a missile.

The regional Emergency Ministry denied the report, but it was too late for that corner of the internet dedicated to conspiracy theories, who latched onto the story almost immediately.

An account claiming to be part of the hacking collective Anonymous repeated the claims, which quickly spread:

Meteorite crash in #Russia: A missile salvo blew the #meteorite into pieces at an altitude of 20 km: http://t.co/eCHLmwTa
Grant McKinley @_GrizzyGrant
Grant McKinley

Just read Russia launched a missile to destroy the meteorite before impact. Wouldn’t that create multiple, smaller fragments? #Russialogic

However it is worth maintaining a sense of proportion: in the same story repeating the missile claims, Russia Today remarks that a previous incident of a high-powered meteor impact in Russia in 1908 was explained by both “a black hole passing through Earth and the wreck of an alien spacecraft”.

Source: huffingtonpost

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  1. carl February 19, 2013 at 5:38 am - Reply

    Even this has to be a conspiracy,a rock came into the earths atmosphere and blew up as they do, it even left a crater in the ice , if Russia shot it down then they had no idea it was a rock and then it would mean they have a missel that can hit a target moving that fast.I doubt it because Isreal just built a missel to shoot down the local missels that are shot at them all the time and it is considered a great feat to do so.those missels are going much slower than the space rock.So many paronoid folks remember” paronoia the destroyer” chill out.

  2. 5 War Veteran February 19, 2013 at 1:10 am - Reply

    Gertrude
    Reading an article that people, among them children, saw an ufolanding, with tall people exiting, i more wonder whether it was truely a meteorite they shot down or possibly an ufo.
    Recently some Russian came out on YouTube, talking about more Ufo’s having been seen, sometimes even taking people for a flight. Also was it the Russian military who shot down the meteorite? or possibly some other affiliated missile.

    • 5 War Veteran February 19, 2013 at 1:11 am - Reply

      The story you mention was from the mid 1990s. Not related.

  3. Brian February 19, 2013 at 12:25 am - Reply

    Alright, this is simple fact. The vapor trails behind the meteor are normal and would show now signs of a missile impact. Look closely at all of the available video and stills of the event, no secondary objects are seen in the sky. Not to mention that the meteor was coming in so fast, so unexpected, and so hot, that conventional Russian missiles would not be able to make a clean hit, and this would still break it up into pieces so small that the six meter wide crater would be more like a dent in a car roof in Chelyabinsk. There will be many reports of various things over the next few days. Studying meteors/asteroids and their entry into our atmosphere gives me enough knowledge to say with confidence that this meteor came into our atmosphere and exploded under its own power, and was not intercepted by any object originating from any point on this Earth.

    • david frobel February 19, 2013 at 9:07 pm - Reply

      you said it all,,thats whot I thought

  4. david frobel February 18, 2013 at 10:04 pm - Reply

    hardly think it was shot down,,there would have been peaces all over the place,it was just berning up as it came down,,cool videos.

  5. Gertrude February 18, 2013 at 9:14 pm - Reply

    Reading an article that people, among them children, saw an ufolanding, with tall people exiting, i more wonder whether it was truely a meteorite they shot down or possibly an ufo.
    Recently some Russian came out on YouTube, talking about more Ufo’s having been seen, sometimes even taking people for a flight. Also was it the Russian military who shot down the meteorite? or possibly some other affiliated missile.

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