28 July, 2014

Was it a UFO? Flashing flying object reported over Toronto

It’s a drone, it’s a kite, it’s an alien? Torontonians are looking for answers after several UFO sightings were reported in North York over the weekend.

Sarah Chun, 36, was sitting at the dining room table of her Finch St. apartment around 9 p.m. Saturday when she saw six or seven diagonal lights flashing in the sky.

Chun grabbed her iPad and headed outside, where she noticed a second, glowing object.

“It was really high up, and was round, bright, and shining,” Chun told the Star. “At first I thought it was stars or something, but it was too bright to be. I didn’t know what it was.”

Chun says the object “just sat there” for around 25 minutes before “it kind of flew, and then disappeared.”

She posted two videos, titled ‘UFO in North York, Toronto. What is this?!?’ before heading to bed.

When she woke up Sunday morning, the videos had gone viral. By Sunday afternoon, one of the clips had nearly 8,000 views.

Toronto Police confirmed they received several UFO reports Saturday night in the area of Yonge St. and Empress Ave.

“Somebody did see something in the sky, but what it was we don’t know,” said Sgt. Barry White, 32 Division. “It might have been someone playing with one of those remote control helicopters from one of the condos.”

The first UFO report came in around 7 p.m., White said. Police officers also saw the lights on their way into work around 10 p.m.

“[Officers] were stopping to talk to people, and we did hear from others on the street that apparently there was something up there.”

White says he is not aware of a protocol for police to follow on UFO sightings.

“If it was something dangerous and we could do something under the criminal code, we might. Police would go try and check it out,” he said. “But to actually go and investigate it further as a UFO — I don’t think we would. I’m trying not to laugh!”

He has not received many UFO calls in his career, but remembers one in 2006.

“Someone saw something flying over the lake — it could have been an airplane,” he said. “We didn’t investigate that either.”

White confirmed the UFO was not a police drone — although it could have still been a drone.

“A drone is just a remote control. Even one of those little tiny helicopters could be a drone,” he said. “What this thing is, we don’t know, because we never talked to the person who had it.”

Torontonians took to social media, some commenting they believed the flashing was a kite with lights on it.

Chun is not so sure.

“If it was a kite, I would say that was a very cool kite,” she said, laughing. “And could it go that high? I didn’t think it was windy yesterday.”

“I don’t know if it was an alien — but I don’t know what it was.”

Link:  http://metronews.ca/news/toronto/1109800/was-it-a-ufo-flashing-flying-object-reported-over-toronto/


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