Reports Report 5361cp (Event 5361-2017)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 5361-2017
Observer
NameEdna K
Experience Level1/5
RemarksI happened to just get on the freeway and there were other cars ahead of me but not a lot of traffic. I could tell that some drivers ahead of me also saw it since they seemed to slow down - since I had just gotten on the freeway, I was not going too fast. It caught the peripheral vision of my left eye and I quickly focused both eyes on it and was at first amazed then realized it was a meteor. I seemed to detect that the tail - prior to the ball lighting up - seemed to wave a bit as if it were a flame which made me realize it was a meteor and not an aircraft or something else. It started out as a green color (when I also observed the tail waving a bit like a flame), then moved into the different color stages I indicated. It was beautiful and I felt fortunate to witness this. This is my second fire ball sighting. I saw one several years ago during the summer months while walking my dog which I also reported on this sight. At that time, I clearly saw the yellow and orange flames of the tail waving as it flew and it seemed that I could even hear it fly by. With this sighting, since i was in my car, there was no way to tell if there was a sound. Thank you for making it easy to making a sighting report.
Location
AddressGlendale, CA
Latitude34° 9' 44.24'' N (34.16°)
Longitude 118° 17' 38.81'' W (-118.29°)
Elevation152.43m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2017-12-24 17:15 PST
UT Date & Time2017-12-25 01:15 UT
Duration≈7.5s
Direction
Moving directionFrom down left to up right
Descent Angle82°
Moving
Facing azimuth143.54°
First azimuth107.85°
First elevation53°
Last azimuth150.91°
Last elevation38°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-22
ColorGreen, Light Green, Yellow, Light Yellow, White
Concurrent Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationYes
Duration2s
Length
RemarksThere was still distant light in the sky to the southwest from the sunset and it appeared that the train was a white (smoke) color - very thin.
Terminal flash
ObservationYes
RemarksNo fragmentation but it lit up very bright (like a white flash) and became a bit larger - round and glowing - and then quickly vanished and left a train of smoke.
Fragmentation
ObservationUnknown
Remarks-