Reports Report 289j (Event 289-2023)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 289-2023
Observer
NameDamian E
Experience Level1/5
RemarksI only happened to catch the big flash but it looked like it appeared out of nowhere. I initially thought it was lightning but we had no clouds. It looked over into the water because I was looking west and the 90 mile beach is only 14 kms away.It wasn't until later seeing posts on Facebook stating accounts of the same phenomena that I realized what I had witnessed.
Location
AddressAwanui, Northland (NZ)
Latitude35° 1' 15.85'' S (-35.02°)
Longitude 173° 9' 47.14'' E (173.16°)
Elevation3m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2023-01-16 23:10 NZDT
UT Date & Time2023-01-16 10:10 UT
Duration≈3.5s
Direction
Moving directionFrom up left to down right
Descent Angle179°
Moving
Facing azimuth290°
First azimuth290°
First elevation16°
Last azimuth290°
Last elevation-
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-7
ColorOrange, Yellow, Light Yellow
Concurrent Sound
ObservationUnknown
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationUnknown
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationNo
Duration-
Length-
Remarks-
Terminal flash
ObservationYes
RemarksIt looked like a flame drip hitting the ground. A huge bellowing flame that flashed twice before the light quickly died out. 3 seconds max.
Fragmentation
ObservationUnknown
Remarks-