Reports Report 168akl (Event 168-2018)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 168-2018
Observer
NameKatherine K
Experience Level1/5
RemarksI have never experienced anything like this before. I was in my car heading east on Ann Arbor rd, Jackson MI and started my turn south onto Gilletts Lake Rd. It felt like this bright light/fireball was heading directly for my car, so I hurried to complete my turn and turned my head away from a possible point of impact. I was coming at a severe angle from above out of the East/ slightly N. East sky. Ended with an intense flash. Really had no idea what I had just seen, until I heard reports of it on Facebook & the TV news.
Location
AddressJackson, MI
Latitude42° 16' 37.6'' N (42.28°)
Longitude 84° 18' 13.58'' W (-84.3°)
Elevation305.13m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2018-01-16 20:07 EST
UT Date & Time2018-01-17 01:07 UT
Duration≈7.5s
Direction
Moving directionFrom up right to down left
Descent Angle231°
Moving
Facing azimuth81.06°
First azimuth78.27°
First elevation45°
Last azimuth76.95°
Last elevation
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-25
ColorWhite
Concurrent Sound
ObservationUnknown
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationUnknown
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationYes
Duration5s
Length25°
Remarkslooked more like a smoke trail, and I couldn't see the train after the light & flash were gone (too dark in sky)
Terminal flash
ObservationYes
RemarksThe flash was brief, bright, and intense. It looked like it was coming right at my car as I was turning south on Gilletts lake rd. So I kind of turned my head away to brace for impact.
Fragmentation
ObservationNo
Remarks-