Reports Report 5361v (Event 5361-2017)

Name Steve P
Experience Level 2/5
Remarks At first I thought it was some kind of fireworks. It quickly changed from green to blue to reddish orange and after about 2 seconds went down behind the mountains. It was obvious at that point that it was not a firework although at first it did seem quite close. A few fragments seemed to break off from the main body of the fireball, but only the main Fireball remained intact as it descended.
Address Palmdale, CA
Latitude 34° 34' 45.13'' N (34.579204°)
Longitude 118° 2' 33.78'' W (-118.042716°)
Elevation 799.318m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time 2017-12-24 17:05 PST
UT Date & Time 2017-12-25 01:05 UT
Duration ≈3.5s
Moving direction From up left to down right
Descent Angle 175°
Facing azimuth 180°
First azimuth 180°
First elevation 50°
Last azimuth 180°
Last elevation 20°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude -15
Color Light Green to Blue to a reddish orange
Concurrent Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Delayed Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Persistent train
Observation No
Duration -
Length -
Remarks -
Terminal flash
Observation No
Remarks -
Observation Yes
Remarks I was in the Antelope Valley of the Mojave desert in California I saw the fireball go more or less straight down. It passed out of view as it went down on the other side of the San Gabriel mountains either landing in the mountains, or landing in the Los Angeles Basin or landing in the ocean.