Reports Report 1594e (Event 1594-2011)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 1594-2011
Observer
NameRich
Experience Level3/5
RemarksWas at the entrance to St. Leo Church at approximately 615pm. Heard a crack and something caught my attention as it turned orange and fell in same direction as Venus (seemed like straight line from me at the church and directly towards Venus -- fell below Venus about 20-30 deg above horizon). Object was orange in color from what I saw. First thought it was fireworks but one of my sons said it was a bright meteor that streaked across sky and then broke up. I also thought I heard a crack like a firework. But I see others are reporting a meteor so I'm guessing I saw the same thing.
Location
AddressFairfax, VA
Latitude38° 51' 13.87'' N (38.85°)
Longitude 77° 17' 46.9'' W (-77.3°)
Elevation-
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2011-12-24 18:15 EST
UT Date & Time2011-12-24 23:15 UT
Duration≈1.5s
Direction
Moving directionFrom up to down
Descent Angle180°
Moving
Facing azimuth243.58°
First azimuth236.73°
First elevation55°
Last azimuth238.63°
Last elevation30°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude1
ColorI saw orange fragment
Concurrent Sound
ObservationYes
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationNo
RemarksOne son and I thought we heard a crack like a firework. Initially thought this was a firework until another son said he saw a bright meteor streak across the sky very fast.
Persistent train
ObservationUnknown
Duration-1s
Length-1°
RemarksI saw orange debris. Didn't notice a train cloud.
Terminal flash
ObservationNo
RemarksOrange fragmentation of at 2-3 pieces.
Fragmentation
ObservationYes
Remarks-