A little over a year ago, in February 2013, a meteor traveling at 19 miles per second above Chelyabinsk in the Russian Urals exploded in the morning sky, recorded by countless dashcams, with the resulting shock wave shattering windows hundreds of miles away. Fast forward to this night, when residents of Russia’s northern Murmansk region witnessed the fall of a celestial body similar to the famous Chelyabinsk meteorite on Saturday night. It flashed at 02:10 am local time and was clearly seen in the sky. However, no sound of explosions was heard.
Officials say that the nature of the celestial body is unknown, however since there were no warnings of any ICBM tests overnight, the meteor theory is the most valid one. Then again, the major Russian base of Severomorsk, and the administrative center of the Russia northern fleet, is located precisely in this area, so one can see why some of the already percolating theories suggest this may have been nothing but a military test.