Meteor shower sparks fears of plane crash

The American Meteor Society

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.

The American Meteor Society received 510 reports of a fireball with a sonic boom. She also told the newspaper that Porter Airlines, which operates out of nearby Billy Bishop Airport, was not missing any planes.

What people saw was a meteor from the Orionid shower, which will be visible in North American until November 4, according to the Toronto Star.

"The Orionid meteor shower is named as such because it appears to radiate from the constellation Orion, which is one of the most visible and recognisable in the sky throughout the world".

The meteor was likely part of the cosmic debris formed by Hailey's Comet, which crashes into Earth each October.

Theories tend to align with the hypothesis that the fireball was part of a meteor shower because the annual Orionid meteor showers begins in early October.

The astronomical observatory at the University of Toronto's Scarborough campus tweeted a 14-second timelapse video Tuesday night showing a fireball lighting up the sky.

The Toronto Blue Jays played the Baltimore Orioles at the Rogers Centre in Toronto on Tuesday evening.

The meteor's estimated trajectory was south to north, and "ended its flight south of Cameron, N.Y.", the society said.

Other users on Twitter reported seeing a bright yellowish green streak of light.

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