Published: Feb 15, 2013 7:21 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla.-When a meteor exploded in central Russia Friday, aftershock of a different kind was felt in Southwest Florida.  David Vardanyan, 20 is a student at Edison State College.

He has close to half a dozen relatives living in Chelyabinsk where the meteorite struck.  His aunt, uncle, several cousins, great aunt, and his grandmother who is 73 all felt the impact about 930 miles east of Moscow.

"It honestly looks like a missile, and many people did report fearing that it was a missile and that a war had begun," Vardanyan said.

The aftershock knocked out cell service, but Vardanyan eventually made contact with his great aunt via Skype.

"We were able to talk to her.  She is fine, but obviously she was distressed," Vardanyan said.

"She saw what looked like a very bright light streak across her window. At first she assumed it was some sort of search light," he said.

About 1,100 people were injured, many by flying glass as they flocked to windows to see what had caused the flash of light. The shock wave from the meteor caused windows to shatter in thousands of buildings.

"Initial shock and confusion has ceased to be a center.  Now, it's just clean up the damage."