Reports Report 6169bh (Event 6169-2019)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 6169-2019
Observer
NameJohn E
Experience Level2/5
RemarksI am a science teacher with 30+ years experience and a strong interest in astronomy. This is the first fireball I have witnessed first hand.
Location
AddressLa Porte, TX
Latitude29° 39' 46.85'' N (29.66°)
Longitude 95° 4' 46.77'' W (-95.08°)
Elevation5.99m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2019-12-05 05:30 CST
UT Date & Time2019-12-05 11:30 UT
Duration≈3.5s
Direction
Moving directionFrom up left to down right
Descent Angle128°
Moving
Facing azimuth195°
First azimuth180°
First elevation50°
Last azimuth210°
Last elevation33°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-26
ColorThe initial flash that got me to look up lit up the entire street like a strobe light going off, almost daylight. That lasted a fraction of a second. The trail in the sky I saw and watched grow for a couple seconds when looking up was quite wide (one or t
Concurrent Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationYes
Duration5s
Length15°
RemarksThe initial flash that got me to look up lit up the entire street like a strobe light going off, almost daylight. That lasted a fraction of a second. The trail in the sky I saw and watched grow for a couple seconds when looking up was quite wide (one or two fingers thick at arms length and only as bright as a firework, say around -12. It lasted for five plus seconds growing to around 15 degrees (three fists) long. Mix of light blue and light green for the main wide trail, then in turned to a tiny orange/red dot for several fingers of arc (5-10 degrees), then it flared into a small circular burst of white about full moon sized and was gone.
Terminal flash
ObservationYes
RemarksI watched the tail grow, then it stopped making a tail but I saw a tiny red-orange dot continue on the trajectory for 5-10 degrees. Then the dot flashed into a diffuse white circle and the red dot was gone. The flash was about the size of the full moon (US quarter at arms length) or larger. The tail was quite wide, comparable to the flash diameter in size.
Fragmentation
ObservationNo
Remarks-