"It wouldn't have weighed any more than a few kilos," Ioannis Fakas, the honorary chairman of the Cyprus astronomical society, told the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation. "When it crossed Cyprus it exploded."
According to the specialist, it had a 45 degree tilt, and a bang could be heard as the meteorite passed over Cyprus. Meteorite fragments could have fallen into the sea to the north of Cyprus, Fakas added.
The event was recorded on a video by security cameras in Paphos: the meteor could be seen in the reflection of a car.
Around 0.45 local time, residents of several villages in the Troodos mountain range saw a strange object in the sky, heard a deafening sound and felt the earth shake for miles around after its fall, reported local newspaper Cyprus Mail. Police reported they received a number of calls. Some people thought the sound was a firework or a thunderstorm.
Just saw a very bright meteorite (?) from Israel in the heading of Cyprus. Somebody can confirm? | No text found #astronomy— Voyager Three (@voyagerthreebot) 2 августа 2016 г.
After it became known what kind of "explosion" it had been, internet users started excitedly sharing their comments on social media, some of them even with a bit of humor: