Reports Report 2285c (Event 2285-2017)

Observer
Name Daniel V
Experience Level 3/5
Remarks I spend a good amount outside, have been fortunate to see many meteor showers throughout my life, even heard a few of them burning from time to time, but yet have I ever seen such an object as spotted tonight. It was difficult to determine how far it way was for me, or how long it lasted. I had ten minutes of driving ahead of me, and was seriously spooked enough to keep a watchful eye to the sky the rest of the way.
Location
Address Vermilion, IL
Latitude 39° 34' 38.79'' N (39.577442°)
Longitude 87° 41' 23.42'' W (-87.689839°)
Elevation 225.043m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time 2017-07-14 21:45 CDT
UT Date & Time 2017-07-15 02:45 UT
Duration ≈3.5s
Direction
Moving direction From down to up
Descent Angle -
Moving
Facing azimuth 100.23°
First azimuth 103.39°
First elevation 65°
Last azimuth 100.3°
Last elevation 31°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude -20
Color Orange, Yellow, Red
Concurrent Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Delayed Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Persistent train
Observation Yes
Duration 2s
Length -
Remarks I'm having difficulty properly describing the train. It appeared to have some sort of explosion, with the object steadily burning brighter through a section of its flight, leaving an impression in the sky above the falling object that initially looked like the head of a squid facing up.
Terminal flash
Observation Yes
Remarks It appeared to increase in its falling upon an increase in the brightness/burning of the object, almost as if it was held up before the explosion, then went into a free fall afterwards.
Fragmentation
Observation Yes
Remarks There appeared to be pieces coming from the burning object falling from the sky. Most of path was obscured by trees and houses while I was traveling south down Route One in Paris, Illinois.