Reports Report 1255t (Event 1255-2012)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 1255-2012
Observer
NameAlison
Experience Level2/5
RemarksMy husband and I were sitting in our condo on the 20th floor of a high rise building downtown SD. Our TV sits between two floor to ceiling windows and we were positioned perfectly towards the TV and outside the windows. All of a sudden we saw a streak of light come from the left side of our window (we were facing South). The streak was incredibly bright and we thought, at first, it was a firework. It was huge and bright and lasted a while. Long enough for my husband to scream profanity and jump to the window. My jaw dropped as we stared at it falling. The ball of fire whizzed quickly from above the building to just about horizon level. It went behind a building after that, but if it continued it appeared it would have it the walkway by the Midway Museum or the water. It was unbelievable!
Location
AddressSan Diego, CA
Latitude32° 43' 5.24'' N (32.72°)
Longitude 117° 10' 10.32'' W (-117.17°)
Elevation-
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2012-09-03 23:30 PDT
UT Date & Time2012-09-04 06:30 UT
Duration≈3.5s
Direction
Moving directionFrom up left to down right
Descent Angle135°
Moving
Facing azimuth182.73°
First azimuth107.97°
First elevation74°
Last azimuth226.16°
Last elevation19°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude1
ColorBright white with orange
Concurrent Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationYes
Duration4s
Length-1°
RemarksIt almost looked like a firework. Fireworks start out a little bit bright and then grow brighter. The trail did the same exact thing. As it got brighter more colors became visible. White was the main color of the trail with a little bit of yellow at the very far end of the trail. There was some orange at the top of the tail right before the bright white fireball leading the streak.
Terminal flash
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Fragmentation
ObservationUnknown
Remarks-