Reports Report 5441um (Event 5441-2020)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 5441-2020
Observer
NameMatthew J
Experience Level1/5
RemarksIt was a spectacular sight. After the intial flash, a very large trail appeared not consistent with the usual shooting start going across the sky. The tip seemed to be spiraling out of control and burning an orangish brown glow ahead of the very bright white tail. If I were to describe how large the tail was, it would have been as big as my finger if I were to hold up to compare. Nothing like I have ever seen. Will never forget.
Location
AddressParkersburg, WV
Latitude39° 14' 54.04'' N (39.25°)
Longitude 81° 32' 55.28'' W (-81.55°)
Elevation193.42m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2020-09-30 06:24 EDT
UT Date & Time2020-09-30 10:24 UT
Duration≈7.5s
Direction
Moving directionFrom down right to up left
Descent Angle271°
Moving
Facing azimuth90°
First azimuth60°
First elevation60°
Last azimuth30°
Last elevation60°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-13
ColorWhite
Concurrent Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationYes
Duration5s
Length10°
RemarksAfter the flash occurred, the light slowly faded and could see a dust trail almost like a cloud left by an airplane during day
Terminal flash
ObservationYes
RemarksYes. Like someone taking a flash picture at night time.
Fragmentation
ObservationYes
RemarksAfter the initial flash and the appearance of a very large trail, I could see the leading edge spiraling out of control and turn to a goldfish brown like something was burning