Reports Report 4531cl (Event 4531-2018)

Name Kenneth D
Experience Level 4/5
Remarks I work nights. I see all types of meteors..... this was very different. Nothing else has made me fill out a form such as this. I thought it was a plane of some sort at first but it was just too fast for a plane and it didn’t have any fire on it until the “wings” came off the main body. Then huge flames burst out of it so the flames looked like wings and then the flames went out and the main body kept falling. It wasn’t a fireball.
Address Cleveland, AR
Latitude 35° 27' 35.77'' N (35.459937°)
Longitude 92° 40' 42.45'' W (-92.678457°)
Elevation 195.409m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time 2018-11-02 19:18 CDT
UT Date & Time 2018-11-03 00:18 UT
Duration ≈3.5s
Moving direction From up right to down left
Descent Angle 211°
Facing azimuth 4.4°
First azimuth 12.24°
First elevation 26°
Last azimuth 350.29°
Last elevation
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude -7
Color Yellow with yellow “wings” falling away??
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 looked like parts of wings falling off a huge airplane if the plane was a meteor and it had wings to either side. It wasn’t a fireball. It was more like a meteor with some combustible material catching into a flash fire that lasted one half to one second as huge parts that looked similar to “wings” broke off the main “thing” falling from the sky. I thought it was a plane at first but it was falling way to fast for that. It fell faster than the space shuttle did when it came down all those years ago. But just like that, you could tell when parts of this thing came ripping off the main body of the falling object. It wasn’t a fire ball. I looked up that on the internet. It didn’t look like those videos at all.