A stunning series of photos and videos shows the violent impact of the explosion that tore through Russia’s prized Kerch Strait bridge to Crimea early Saturday morning.

A monstrous fireball bloomed over all four of the bridge’s vehicle lanes at 6:07 a.m. as a passenger car and a freight truck drove side by side up the incline to its towering arch.

The flames appeared to reach across the water, enveloping the twin railroad bridge about 100 feet away.

New photos show the moment an explosion took place on the Russia's Kerch Strait bridge to Crimea.
New photos show the moment an explosion took place on the Russia’s Kerch Strait bridge to Crimea.

The blast killed three people and destroyed part of the 12-mile bridge.
The blast killed three people and destroyed part of the 12-mile bridge.

Russian authorities blamed a truck bomb for the explosion.
Russian authorities blamed a truck bomb for the explosion.

Western experts have claimed a missile or water-borne explosives caused the blast.
Western experts have claimed a missile or water-borne explosives caused the blast.

A moment later, flaming shrapnel and sparks could be seen raining down onto the roadway and into the water below.

The mysteriously powerful blast killed three people on the 12-mile bridge and caused a partial roadway collapse.

Russian authorities said a truck bomb caused the extensive damage — but Western demolitions experts cast doubt on the claim, speculating instead that a missile or water-borne explosives had been used against the span.

The bridge is a major supply route for Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
The bridge is a major supply route for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
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A helicopter dropping water to extinguish the fire on the Kerch bridge.
A helicopter dropping water to extinguish the fire on the Kerch bridge.
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“You can’t get that much stuff in a vehicle going over a bridge,” security analyst Michael Clarke told Sky News. “Bridges are designed to withstand accidents of that sort.”

The massive blast targeted a major military supply route to Vladimir Putin’s forces in southern Ukraine, just one day day after the Russian president’s 70th birthday.



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