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Fireball lighting up sky along East Coast, prompting plane crash fears, was a meteor

TORONTO — It wasn’t a bird, or a plane crash, or a UFO that everyone saw, but a gigantic meteor streaking across the sky along the East Coast, from Toronto to Maryland Tuesday night.

Many people were alarmed when they spotted a fireball-like item in the sky. Toronto police and fire department received multiple calls from residents thinking they saw a plane crashing into the Toronto Harbor, according to the American Meteor Society.

But the unknown object was simply a “fireball” meteor. People mainly living in Ontario, Canada saw the spectacular sight, but some in the states including New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania were able to catch a glimpse of it.

The AMS received more than 280 reports of the meteor sighting by the end of the night, with the first few coming in about 10:36 p.m., according to its site.

The University of Toronto Scarborough Observatory confirmed it was a meteor that people were seeing at 11:39 p.m. The meteor was part of the Orionid shower that will be visible until Nov. 4, the Toronto Star reported.

But many still made their own guesses on what the fireball in the sky was. Some Blue Jays fans watching the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Rogers Centre Tuesday night claimed in was Edwin Encarnacion’s three-run home run. The Blue Jays go on to win the game.