Reports Report 2537z (Event 2537-2016)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 2537-2016
Observer
NameAnthony Y
Experience Level4/5
RemarksThe fireball lasted long enough for me to say "I don't believe it, that's a fireball! How cool!" I thought about the Russian one before this one faded. It moved from south to north, directly above I10 as I was driving west, low enough for me to see it without looking up too high. It covered good 45 degrees. The sun was behind me and was not yet above the horizon.
Location
AddressColumbus, TX
Latitude29° 41' 24.67'' N (29.69°)
Longitude 96° 37' 38.37'' W (-96.63°)
Elevation92.05m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2016-07-24 06:20 CDT
UT Date & Time2016-07-24 11:20 UT
Duration≈3.5s
Direction
Moving directionFrom up left to down right
Descent Angle94°
Moving
Facing azimuth265.47°
First azimuth262.61°
First elevation43°
Last azimuth278.22°
Last elevation56°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-26
ColorLight Blue
Concurrent Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationNo
Duration-
Length-
Remarks-
Terminal flash
ObservationYes
RemarksAs the bright blue line crossed the sky it got brighter and thickened then looked like two lines. It looked like Luke's Light Saber.Then a bright ball appeared and the line stopped. There was no curve in the line.
Fragmentation
ObservationYes
RemarksThe line ended and the bright ball appeared and as it started to fade tow or three smaller white pieces appeared in front and below the larger ball, as if moving faster. One small piece was very bright the other white piece was about the same brightness as the blue\white ball.