Reports Report 4990a (Event 4990-2017)

Name Rebecca G
Experience Level 2/5
Remarks I know the exact date is important, but my date is only approximate. My friend, Nicole Wiles, was driving and she saw it, too. We didn't see it hit because it looked like it went below the line of the houses which blocked our view of it hitting the earth. I read that meteorites do not look like a fireball that close to earth, but it did. It looked just like a big fireball. Unless it was some sort of optical illusion (regarding how low it was), it went below the house lines, which blocked our view. It didn't seem to me like it was shooting down to earth, it looked more like it was falling at an angle as far as speed goes. It was definitely a meteorite, though. That was both of our unequivocal opinions. But it was still burning, though it appeared to be moving slower than I would think a meteorite would be. We drove around the streets for a few minutes later, hoping to find it, but we didn't. We had no flashlight, though, and I am near sighted; however, that was very easy, even for me to see. It was so close I saw the flames as burning flames. You should also know that people in our town have been hearing loud explosions lately that they can't find the source for. It has been on two local news agencies, at least. Keywords in google: "Desert Hot Springs, explosions". I just learned this a few days ago. Some described the explosions as "sonic booms", which they had to have been. I have not heard any explosions myself, but whole neighborhoods have. The sonic booms even made a bunch of car alarms go off all at once - that happened at least once. I think the fireball and the sonic booms may be related. I got much more interested when I realized that; hence, the approximate three week delay in reporting this. The local authorities and everyone claim the source of the explosions is a complete mystery. They can never find the explosions, no one sees the explosions, yet they are extremely loud. (HELLO-SONIC BOOM = METEORITES). I also read that sonic booms from meteorites must be at the right angle and blah, blah, blah, so they must be coming in just right and everything, because its the only thing these explosions can be. Nicole and I will take a lie detector test if you'd like. That damn meteorite was still on fire when it fell below the damn house line - believe it, or not, it's true.
Address Desert Hot Springs, CA
Latitude 33° 57' 0.8'' N (33.950223°)
Longitude 116° 29' 0.69'' W (-116.483526°)
Elevation 314.073m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time 2017-11-16 02:00 PST
UT Date & Time 2017-11-16 10:00 UT
Duration ≈1.5s
Moving direction From up right to down left
Descent Angle 217°
Facing azimuth 105°
First azimuth 115°
First elevation 14°
Last azimuth 102°
Last elevation 12°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude -
Color Orange, Red, flaming fireball
Concurrent Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Delayed Sound
Observation Unknown
Remarks -
Persistent train
Observation Unknown
Duration -
Length -
Remarks -
Terminal flash
Observation No
Remarks -
Observation No
Remarks -