Reports Report 381at (Event 381-2015)

Name John B
Experience Level 3/5
Remarks It was very bright and at least two other people I talked to saw exactly what I did.
Address Wintersville, OH
Latitude 40° 25' 2.4'' N (40.417332°)
Longitude 80° 44' 44.31'' W (-80.745641°)
Elevation 357.342072m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time 2015-02-17 04:47 EST
UT Date & Time 2015-02-17 09:47 UT
Duration ≈3.5s
Moving direction From up left to down right
Descent Angle 167°
Facing azimuth 101.35°
First azimuth 14.86°
First elevation 55°
Last azimuth 39.88°
Last elevation 22°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude -13
Color Yellow
Concurrent Sound
Observation Unknown
Remarks -
Delayed Sound
Observation Unknown
Remarks -
Persistent train
Observation Unknown
Duration -
Length -
Remarks -
Terminal flash
Observation Yes
Remarks I was driving and it was the flash that first drew my attention. The sky lit up as if a full moon had just come out from behind a dark cloud. I was almost certain I hadn't noticed a moon earlier on my drive and I knew the sky was clear because it was very cold outside. I've seen many shooting stars before but this just blew my mind! I've never seen anything light up the sky the way this thing did. It was comparable to a firework. When I got to work I asked if anyone else had seen it and two of my coworkers did. We were all amazed by the brightness. As for fragmentation, I only saw what appeared to be a tail coming from the trailing end of a round ball. It seemed to "shoot" or fall almost perpendicular to the ground. It certainly seemed to be moving much more vertical than horizontal. I've never witnessed anything like this before so I'm not certain that what I saw could be described as fragmentation.
Observation Unknown
Remarks -