I'm working on a story where an orbital ring situated in LEO above the equator of an earth-like planet is destroyed which is a calamity for the species that used it. The ring is essential for them and most of their settlements are along the equator where they have easy access to it.
The ring is composed on an inner part that spins at the speed necessary to keep it in orbit and a geostationary part levitated over the spinning part that is connected to the surface with tethers/ space elevators. It is as heavy as needed to wreck appropriate havoc.
Edit: Quick sketch (not to scale) I had envisioned that it gets destroyed or damaged in a manner that de-orbits the ring, resulting in most of the material falling down and destroying the settlements below it. I also imagined that some of the material remained in orbit and continuously rained down as meteors, making the equator region inhabitable and hazardous to cross. Is that at all realistic?
Edit 2: Not sure if this is allowed since it's technically a different question, but on a order of magnitude how quickly would this thing come down? If you know someone who works up on the ring station and they phone you when they notice it's breaking, do you have time to pack up your car and leave? Do you have time to jump in your car and leave?