I heard from a friend at work that he also saw a spectacular decay on Sept 7 from New Orleans, at 4:03AM CDT, dead overhead going South-SouthEast, leaving a long trail behind it. I would guess this was the same decay observed from Florida. He claims that it was "fat". Is this possible? I could understand the contrail having some perceptible diameter, but he claims that even the re-entering object itself had a perceptible diameter to it. Was this an optical illusion, or what? Or given the angle ("it was headed directly away from me") was he merely seeing the contrail at a shallow angle?