Reports Report 454dq (Event 454-2017)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 454-2017
Observer
NameMike B
Experience Level4/5
RemarksI was looking at my garage, to the south, and it appeared that there were very bright headlights erratically flashing on it from behind me. I thought it was strange, how random and bright they were, and I turned around to see the fireball in the sky. It must have been luminescent for at least five seconds, possibly more, and it was the largest, brightest such object I've ever witnessed. My observation was generally limited because I only saw reflections on the garage at first, and then when I had turned around to see it, portions of its path were obscured by trees.
Location
AddressNorthlake, IL
Latitude41° 54' 13.79'' N (41.9°)
Longitude 87° 53' 52.98'' W (-87.9°)
Elevation196.77m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2017-02-06 01:25 CST
UT Date & Time2017-02-06 07:25 UT
Duration≈3.5s
Direction
Moving directionFrom up left to down right
Descent Angle100°
Moving
Facing azimuth-
First azimuth346.85°
First elevation19°
Last azimuth9.16°
Last elevation19°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-12
ColorLight Yellow, White
Concurrent Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationUnknown
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationUnknown
Duration5s
Length-
Remarks-
Terminal flash
ObservationYes
RemarksIt's hard to say, it was partially obscured by trees on and off while I saw it. I would say that it did get brighter though as it got to the end of where I could see it.
Fragmentation
ObservationNo
Remarks-