Reports Report 5450je (Event 5450-2017)

Name Julie W
Experience Level 3/5
Remarks I mentioned the sight of this big white ball falling almost straight down in the sky to my husband and son, immediately, but they had their backs to the restaurant window. It was BIG--I have seen shooting stars--this was neither that fast nor did it streak ACROSS the sky--it dropped straight down (or almost straight), relatively slowly, in my opinion--I thought it might be a local firework, drifting down while burning out. I heard on WAMC radio this afternoon that there were others who witnessed this event, and the recommendation to report to you all.
Address Saratoga Springs, NY
Latitude 43° 4' 54.85'' N (43.081904°)
Longitude 73° 47' 2.16'' W (-73.783932°)
Elevation 86.771m
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 182°
Facing azimuth 35°
First azimuth 35°
First elevation 30°
Last azimuth 35°
Last elevation 15°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude -20
Color White
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 The bright white ball disappeared behind a local 4-story building (so I couldn't see the end to horizon). Fragmentation was on the entry end of the fireball, spewing bright small trails off the ball