Gilgit/Ghizer/Islamabad: A speeding ’huge’ meteor flying low over the Gilgit and Ghizer Districts of Gilgit-Baltistan has spread fears among the locals.
At around 9 PM locals in the Gilgit, Ghizer and neighboring Diamer district heard a huge blast and flash of lights in the sky. The sound of the blast created fear among the residents of hundreds of villages and towns who came out to know what had happened. Many hundreds posted updates on Facebook and other social media platforms.
Security in the region has been beefed up due to terror threats, and the on-going census. The blast caused by the meteorite was perceived by many as a sign of terrorist attack. Worried people started speculating about the nature of the blast and the flashes.
“I saw a huge sound a very fast moving light crossing the sky”, said Rana Mehtab Alam, while commenting on Pamir Times’ Facebook page, where the readers have been asked to share their experiences.
“I also saw the bright light spread allover the sky for a duration of 15 secs I think,but didn’t hear any sound”, Ilyas Bari, a resident of Hunza has said.
“During a bike ride I saw red & yellowish stars or something else moving fastly in the sky then disappeared. This was much nearer to the earth which lightened the all city”, said Arbab Musaweer Alam Khan, while commenting on our Facebook page.
People from Haripur and Islamabad have also reported seeing a bright object flying fast across the sky towards north.
The Information Department of Gilgit-Batlistan has said that the explosion and flashes were caused by a huge meteor crossing the sky over the Ghizer and Gilgit District.
There are unconfirmed reports that the meteorite may have fallen in a remote pasture somewhere between the Yasin and Gupis Tehsils of Ghizer District. This has yet to be confirmed though.
PAMIR TIMES has obtained a video of the meteor crossing the Gilgit city last night:
The chart below explains the difference between different celestial objects: