What was event in sky during Carla?

Editor, the Advocate:

Grand Maw is slow, but she is old. "On Hurricane Carla" - The Old Gal of the Past - she was full of fire. We were running from her, and on the way to Victoria, a large ball of fire with a long tail of fire went shooting across the sky from west to east. Could someone tell me what was this thing?

Dorothy G. Wilson, Seadrift