Reports Report 929db (Event 929-2010)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 929-2010
Observer
NameCharles B
Experience Level1/5
RemarksI was pulling into my neighborhood off Rt. 235 in Southern Maryland and saw this bright streak of fire in the north sky. It was moving east to west. My car radio clock showed 6:48. The streak lasted about five or six seconds. I thought of two things when I saw it. First, maybe someone is celebrating New Years early and popped off some fireworks. Second, gosh that looks like the footage of the shuttle accident a few years ago as it broke up in the atmosphere. The streak of light was white and yellow with greens and blues breaking off of it. I\'d estimate that it was less than 45 degrees above the horizon. I thought for sure it was just fireworks except our dinner guests arrived about 20 minutes later saying they saw the same thing through the trees from where they were driving 10 miles south. I\'d love to know if this actually landed somewhere.
Location
AddressCalifornia, MD
Latitude38° 18' 30.21'' N (38.31°)
Longitude 76° 32' 21.33'' W (-76.54°)
Elevation-
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2010-12-28 18:48 EST
UT Date & Time2010-12-28 23:48 UT
Duration?
Direction
Moving directionFrom right to left
Descent Angle270°
Moving
Facing azimuth-1°
First azimuth26°
First elevation35°
Last azimuth358°
Last elevation29°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude1
Colorwhite-yellow with green a
Concurrent Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationYes
Duration-1s
Length15°
Remarksthe train was visible throughout the duration of the six seconds of light in the sky. It didn\\\'t seem to fade, just stop although at that point I was looking at it through trees while driving.
Terminal flash
ObservationNo
RemarksWhat appeared to be fragmentation to me was blue and green and yellow offshoots or sparks coming off the front of the train/trail.
Fragmentation
ObservationYes
Remarks-