I saw a fireball in West Virginia once. Was chaperoning for my daughter’s HS summer band camp. Each night, two chaperones had to sit out at the gate separating the girls’ lodging from the boys’. The chaperone mom was facing east, I was facing west. Clear, moonless night - perfect night for a camper rendezvous so we drank coffee to stay alert.
All of a sudden about 2:00am it streaked across the sky in front of me. It only stayed in view for a second or two before it disappeared somewhere into the WV mountains. I was the only one who saw it - the mom chaperone only saw a flash of light, and she thought someone had flashed a camera.
This is my photo shop representation of what I saw.
Tried to do it while it was still fresh in my mind.
The front end was a lot, lot brighter than I can represent.
The green and a few white sparkles were a lot, lot brighter also.
Seeing it dynamically moving, the sparkles would burn out and constantly be refreshed by new ones, kind of like a fireworks sparkler.
Would have thought the sparkle trail would have had more of a slant to it because of speed, but it didn't, struck me as kind of odd, but I have never seen one with this much detail.
*Any who*, that's basically how it looked.