Reports Report 1314e (Event 1314-2020)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 1314-2020
Observer
NamePeter S
Experience Level3/5
RemarksI know almost nothing about meteors, just sharing my observation because I have never seen anything like it. Couldn't believe how big and bright and how vivid the blue color was. Sad I didn't catch it on any cameras. Should've been visible to anyone in the Charlotte, NC area.
Location
AddressBelmont, NC
Latitude35° 13' 10.72'' N (35.22°)
Longitude 81° 1' 2.23'' W (-81.02°)
Elevation177.12m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2020-03-17 23:05 EDT
UT Date & Time2020-03-18 03:05 UT
Duration≈3.5s
Direction
Moving directionFrom up left to down right
Descent Angle148°
Moving
Facing azimuth39.38°
First azimuth25.33°
First elevation51°
Last azimuth53.75°
Last elevation-
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-23
ColorBRIGHT VIVID BLUE
Concurrent Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationNo
Duration-
Length-
Remarks-
Terminal flash
ObservationYes
RemarksRoughly 4-5 seconds in view, blue the whole time, growing quickly larger and brighter until it exploded with a bright blue flash and fragmented into 3 pieces 1 second before disappearing behind the tree line on the horizon.
Fragmentation
ObservationYes
RemarksExploded and Fragmented into 3 pieces 1 second before disappearing behind the tree line on the horizon.