Reports Report 5361cy (Event 5361-2017)

Name Lois M
Experience Level 1/5
Remarks I first saw the flash of moving light through my window in a southwest direction. Initially, I thought it might be a plane on fire falling to earth. However, the trajectory and speed didn’t seem that to be a likely explanation. I assumed the object crashed and landed in the Santa Ana Mountains behind our home. I was concerned about fire given that we live in a hazardous brush area. I immediately ran outside and listened for the sounds of a crash, but never heard any. I never smelled any smoke. The falling object appeared to have white flames trailing behind it. There was no trail in the sky that I could detect although it was after the sun had set. The object was very low on the horizon which I found alarming. I have never seen anything like this in my 63 years.
Address Corona, CA
Latitude 33° 47' 48.09'' N (33.796691°)
Longitude 117° 31' 29.54'' W (-117.524872°)
Elevation 428.768m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time 2017-12-24 17:15 PST
UT Date & Time 2017-12-25 01:15 UT
Duration ≈3.5s
Moving direction From up left to down right
Descent Angle 121°
Facing azimuth 125°
First azimuth 115°
First elevation 25°
Last azimuth 135°
Last elevation 10°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude -15
Color White
Concurrent Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Delayed Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Persistent train
Observation No
Duration -
Length -
Remarks -
Terminal flash
Observation No
Remarks -
Observation No
Remarks -