Reports Report 5096c (Event 5096-2019)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 5096-2019
Observer
NameThornton B
Experience Level3/5
RemarksI was driving down Lookout Mtn and was more than halfway down when I saw the burning object falling from the sky. From my height, the object seemed to be about at eye level and below before it broke apart. I first thought it was a plane, but the angle of descent was extremely steep. It seemed to get brighter just before it looked like it was catching on fire as the flames broke apart and the object disappeared above horizon (but below the horizon from my vantage point. Depending on its size, I figured it to be as close as a few miles East-southeast of the city and as far as 50 miles if it was extremely large.
Location
AddressChattanooga, TN
Latitude35° 1' 17.79'' N (35.02°)
Longitude 85° 20' 24.15'' W (-85.34°)
Elevation268.74m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2019-10-17 23:11 EDT
UT Date & Time2019-10-18 03:11 UT
Duration≈3.5s
Direction
Moving directionFrom up right to down left
Descent Angle188°
Moving
Facing azimuth108.12°
First azimuth108.02°
First elevation39°
Last azimuth101.49°
Last elevation14°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-7
ColorOrange, Light Yellow, Red, Brown
Concurrent Sound
ObservationUnknown
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationUnknown
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationUnknown
Duration-
Length-
Remarks-
Terminal flash
ObservationUnknown
Remarks-
Fragmentation
ObservationYes
RemarksThe falling object got bright (yellow) and then looked like it caught on fire with sparkles (reds and oranges) before disappearing above the ground