Reports Report 5450dv (Event 5450-2017)

Name Matthew W
Experience Level 3/5
Remarks At the given address I was outside walking north, caught a bright flash out of the corner of my eye overhead going down towards the horizon in the east - did not reach the horizon, ended maybe 40 degrees or so up from the horizon. Waited about 10 seconds to see if there was a booming sound or sign of a smoky trail afterwards but heard and saw nothing - clear night, just a few clouds, about half moon. Bright white trail and very bright flash at the end - reminded me a little of some Orionids I've seen (at least, Orionids close to the horizon) in that it was slower moving than other meteors I've seen and ended in a large, bright flash. Don't think it was a firework as there was no sound afterwards though I did wonder if perhaps it were a flare of some sort - there seemed to be some curve in the trail - but after the bright flash and a few quick, smaller flashes close to the main one, there was no continuing light. Hope this was helpful, will be curious to know if there are other reports of this.
Address New Haven, VT
Latitude 44° 4' 48.13'' N (44.080037°)
Longitude 73° 11' 28.18'' W (-73.191162°)
Elevation 112.731m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time 2017-12-26 17:52 EST
UT Date & Time 2017-12-26 22:52 UT
Duration ≈3.5s
Moving direction From up right to down left
Descent Angle 190°
Facing azimuth 73.92°
First azimuth 88.81°
First elevation 69°
Last azimuth 82.99°
Last elevation 33°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude -22
Color White
Concurrent Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Delayed Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Persistent train
Observation No
Duration -
Length -
Remarks -
Terminal flash
Observation Yes
Remarks saw bright trail - perhaps 5x wider than small, quick meteors with thin tails I commonly see - then it ended in a bright flash of light
Observation Yes
Remarks several smaller flashes a short distance from the big bright flash at the end, from my vantage point the smaller flashes were not far from the main bright flash