Reports Report 7440dy (Event 7440-2020)

Name Karri R
Experience Level 1/5
Remarks I thought maybe it was fireworks or a plane crashing but as soon as it appeared, it fizzled out and disappeared. I was driving down I-90 with loud kids and a radio so I didn’t hear anything but my husband was driving in fro t of me and saw it too. It was amazing! It started over the airport and fizzled to black just after it crossed over the thruway. It was quite low in the sky. Amazing!
Address Cheektowaga, NY
Latitude 42° 53' 13.41'' N (42.887057°)
Longitude 78° 46' 3.06'' W (-78.767518°)
Elevation 187.777756m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time 2020-12-07 19:30 EST
UT Date & Time 2020-12-08 00:30 UT
Duration ≈3.5s
Moving direction From up right to down left
Descent Angle 254°
Facing azimuth 1.38°
First azimuth 4.52°
First elevation 35°
Last azimuth 350°
Last elevation 16°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude -16
Color Orange, Yellow, Light Yellow, Red
Concurrent Sound
Observation Unknown
Remarks -
Delayed Sound
Observation Unknown
Remarks -
Persistent train
Observation Unknown
Duration -
Length -
Remarks -
Terminal flash
Observation Unknown
Remarks -
Observation Yes
Remarks Looked like a flaming basketball with a white/yellow sparkler tale