A major disaster occurred in China on Wednesday when a huge fireball fell from the sky and crashed into the northwestern city of Yushu. A huge explosion was heard after the fireball hit the ground, sending shockwaves across the city.
Photos and videos of the incident are going viral on social media. In a video shared on YouTube, the giant fireball can be seen flashing in the sky above Nangqian County in northwest China’s Qinghai Province.
At present, there is no clear information about this fireball nor has the cause behind its fall from the sky been discovered. However, China’s local media raised the possibility that a glowing meteorite fell. At the same time, some experts also consider it a meteorite.
According to the DailyMail report, this incident comes from Nangqian of Qinghai province in China. This fireball fell from the sky around 7am on Wednesday. Fortunately, there were no casualties.
A local citizen named Dan Ba said he witnessed this incident while taking his son to school. He said this fireball was small at first, but after three minutes it became very large and bright.
On the plane going from Xi’an to Lhasa, passengers also saw this fireball falling towards the ground and made videos. Many videos and photos of this mysterious incident are going viral on social media.
A giant fireball was spotted flashing in the sky and crashing into a county in the south #China.
Footage taken by stunned locals shows an unidentified object exploding into a glowing sphere as it plunges at great speed towards the earth. pic.twitter.com/DmAQDhkZ7G
– Mete Sohtaoğlu (@metesohtaoglu) 23 December 2020
The Earthquake Network Center of China said it recorded the incident. He released a statement claiming that the suspected meteorite fell between Nangqian County and Yusu County around 7.25am. The Nangqian County government said it became aware of the case but was not fully informed.
Falling meteorites to Earth is not a rare event. Although their fall in residential areas or in their vicinity is quite unusual. According to a NASA report, in December 2019, about fifty thousand meteorites fell to earth