Reports Report 980a (Event 980-2012)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 980-2012
Observer
NameJeff C
Experience Level3/5
RemarksThis fireball, or more like a plasma ball was coming down while I was on my way to work. I at first thought it was some sort of professional firework left over from the 4th of July. Knowing that fireworks are banned in Colorado, I thought somebody is going to be in trouble if this started a fire. Observing it more closely, I noticed that it was coming down behind some clouds. Wow, is that a meteor? I work with many vendors who deliver to my store and I asked each one if they observed any that morning. I found one Coca Cola driver who observed the same object, but fifteen miles north of my location. Finally, proof that I wasn't the only one who observed this!
Location
AddressHighlands Ranch, CO
Latitude39° 31' 26.59'' N (39.52°)
Longitude 104° 57' 40.59'' W (-104.96°)
Elevation-
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2012-07-17 04:45 MDT
UT Date & Time2012-07-17 10:45 UT
Duration≈3.5s
Direction
Moving directionFrom up right to down left
Descent Angle225°
Moving
Facing azimuth112.47°
First azimuth110.88°
First elevation50°
Last azimuth108.75°
Last elevation20°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-13
ColorGreen
Concurrent Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationNo
Duration-1s
Length-1°
Remarks-
Terminal flash
ObservationNo
RemarksI have seen the break up of a second stage Russian rocket as it crossed over Wyoming, Colorado and parts of New Mexico. This rocket had at least 100 fragments as it broke up. The fireball I saw had a few fragments that broke off, but burned out immediately.
Fragmentation
ObservationYes
Remarks-