Reports Report 4097c (Event 4097-2015)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 4097-2015
Observer
NameSteven L
Experience Level2/5
RemarksI am a retired Air Force weapon system officer (navigator in fighter aircraft). I was picking up mail at my mailbox when I notice a light about as bright as a street light shining through a tree while looking west. I took a few steps to get a better view. The trail across the sky until it broke up looked very much like the trail of a yellow fireworks (like sparks trailing the object). This lasted much longer and was lower and larger than the typical "shooting star".
Location
AddressLas Vegas, NV
Latitude36° 19' 45.9'' N (36.33°)
Longitude 115° 15' 56.49'' W (-115.27°)
Elevation751.33m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2015-12-22 18:07 PST
UT Date & Time2015-12-23 02:07 UT
Duration≈20s
Direction
Moving directionFrom up right to down left
Descent Angle263°
Moving
Facing azimuth180°
First azimuth260°
First elevation28°
Last azimuth150°
Last elevation23°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-14
ColorOrange, Yellow
Concurrent Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationYes
Duration5s
Length10°
RemarksThe trail looked somewhat like one of those yellow fireworks that leaves a trail of sparks. There appeared to be a sort of smoke trail visible in the moonlight behind the object.
Terminal flash
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Fragmentation
ObservationYes
RemarksThe single object broke into about 5 or 6 smaller pieces and then vanished into the sky.