Reports Report 6241v (Event 6241-2021)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 6241-2021
Observer
NameDave R
Experience Level4/5
RemarksI live in Bortle 4 skies and on Oct 3 the night sky was very clear and I had been out marvelling at the dark lanes in the the milky way. Minutes later I was walking back to the house facing the northeast and wearing a red-light headlamp, so my eyes were dark adapted. I was looking down so I could watch where I was stepping in the dark when suddenly there was a very bright bluish/white light coming from behind/overhead, which for a moment I thought were headlights from a vehicle approaching me from behind. The light was very bright and I could clearly see the shadow of my body moving on the ground. I've been outside many times before during the full moon and I estimate that this was several magnitudes brighter. I was startled and turned around just in time to see a bright orange fireball falling almost due west. I observed at least one fragment (looking like a spark) coming off of the main object. The fireball snuffed out maybe 10 degrees above the western horizon and I did not notice any significant glow or smoke trail left behind. The entire event lasted maybe 5 seconds but the portion of the fireball that I directly observed lasted only 1 or 2 seconds. I stood still for maybe another 30 seconds listening for a sonic boom but I did not hear anything.
Location
Address, Alberta (CA)
Latitude51° 19' 4.45'' N (51.32°)
Longitude 114° 19' 13.9'' W (-114.32°)
Elevation1269.56m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2021-10-03 23:32 MDT
UT Date & Time2021-10-04 05:32 UT
Duration≈1.5s
Direction
Moving directionFrom up right to down left
Descent Angle186°
Moving
Facing azimuth273.1°
First azimuth274.28°
First elevation33°
Last azimuth271.65°
Last elevation15°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-16
ColorOrange, Yellow
Concurrent Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationUnknown
Duration-
Length-
Remarks-
Terminal flash
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Fragmentation
ObservationYes
RemarksThe main fireball left behind one or more smaller spark-like fragments.