Reports Report 5361az (Event 5361-2017)

Name Rick M
Experience Level 2/5
Remarks I've seen meteor showers in my life, but long ago. This was the most spectacular thing I've witnessed in the sky ever. While it was exciting, there was a brief concern because then object looked like it was very close and would land in Chino Hills State Park. Thought it was going to cause a wildfire.
Address Chino Hills, CA
Latitude 33° 55' 23.49'' N (33.923192°)
Longitude 117° 42' 28.37'' W (-117.707881°)
Elevation 242.589m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time 2017-12-24 17:14 PST
UT Date & Time 2017-12-25 01:14 UT
Duration ≈3.5s
Moving direction From up left to down right
Descent Angle 115°
Facing azimuth 125.3°
First azimuth 117.17°
First elevation 43°
Last azimuth 129.28°
Last elevation 26°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude -6
Color At first a green/blue flame that changed to orange. Then it appeared to disintegrate and broke apart with the pieces looking like flying sparks.
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 It seemed to break apart as if it had hit something. The pieces spread out and looked like flying sparks that burned out quickly.