Reports Report 2285c (Event 2285-2017)

Name Daniel V
Experience Level 3/5
Remarks I spend a good amount outside, have been fortunate to see many meteor showers throughout my life, even heard a few of them burning from time to time, but yet have I ever seen such an object as spotted tonight. It was difficult to determine how far it way was for me, or how long it lasted. I had ten minutes of driving ahead of me, and was seriously spooked enough to keep a watchful eye to the sky the rest of the way.
Address Vermilion, IL
Latitude 39° 34' 38.79'' N (39.577442°)
Longitude 87° 41' 23.42'' W (-87.689839°)
Elevation 225.043m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time 2017-07-14 21:45 CDT
UT Date & Time 2017-07-15 02:45 UT
Duration ≈3.5s
Moving direction From down to up
Descent Angle -
Facing azimuth 100.23°
First azimuth 103.39°
First elevation 65°
Last azimuth 100.3°
Last elevation 31°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude -20
Color Orange, Yellow, Red
Concurrent Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Delayed Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Persistent train
Observation Yes
Duration 2s
Length -
Remarks I'm having difficulty properly describing the train. It appeared to have some sort of explosion, with the object steadily burning brighter through a section of its flight, leaving an impression in the sky above the falling object that initially looked like the head of a squid facing up.
Terminal flash
Observation Yes
Remarks It appeared to increase in its falling upon an increase in the brightness/burning of the object, almost as if it was held up before the explosion, then went into a free fall afterwards.
Observation Yes
Remarks There appeared to be pieces coming from the burning object falling from the sky. Most of path was obscured by trees and houses while I was traveling south down Route One in Paris, Illinois.