NO, this isn’t about the meteor shower yesterday. This is about something I saw on July 27.
As my wife and I were walking south down Wrightsville Beach, NC (just off the coast of Wilmington, NC) around 10 pm. Suddenly the sky ahead of us was lit by a brilliant turquoise light that went diagonally down across the sky, starting over the ocean (i.e., to the east) and ending somewhere to the west, a left-to-right diagonal slash. The object left a trail behind it that glowed for several seconds; at its height, it appeared to cover about a third of the “width” of the visible sky. We both stopped and gaped, then turned to each other incredulously: “Did you see that?” We were almost surprised that there was no shockwave that followed the event.
Was this just a spectacular meteor, or is there some other plausible explanation? I doubt it was a firework, since it originated over the ocean and its trajectory was an oblique diagonal; I doubt it was a flare, since it didn’t “float” in the sky.