Reports Report 270al (Event 270-2017)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 270-2017
Observer
Namedan K
Experience Level4/5
RemarksBrilliant blue "welders flame" color, incredibly bright. The event actually took place above and behind me as I was walking acrossed my yard. I was back lit with incredible "day like" illumination, the shadows and definition were similar to noonday, except bluish. I immediately knew what was going on, and whirled around in time to see the half arc through to the end. The smoke trail was visible enough I could see where it entered nearly 12'high, and streaked toward the south-ish horizion. Event was significant enough that I expected an air blast, or shockwave for several minutes afterwards, similar to the Russian blast a few years back . This is the 3rd fireball of this magnitude I have seen in 50 years. They will always be ingrained in your memory!
Location
AddressConcord, NC
Latitude35° 23' 39.13'' N (35.39°)
Longitude 80° 30' 3.64'' W (-80.5°)
Elevation212.44m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2017-01-25 04:00 EDT
UT Date & Time2017-01-25 09:00 UT
Duration≈1.5s
Direction
Moving directionFrom up left to down right
Descent Angle163°
Moving
Facing azimuth216.35°
First azimuth202.41°
First elevation83°
Last azimuth250.06°
Last elevation30°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-25
ColorLight Blue
Concurrent Sound
ObservationUnknown
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationYes
Duration5s
Length25°
RemarksSmoke trail was easily seen by the glow of the object but was hard to see afterwards. Although my eyes were "flashed" by the fireball, so couldn't see well for few minutes.
Terminal flash
ObservationUnknown
Remarks-
Fragmentation
ObservationUnknown
Remarks-