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Speculation is swirling on social media after strange, flashing lights were spotted over north Toronto on Saturday night.
North York residents took to Twitter to report the colourful lights moving in the Yonge Street and Sheppard Avenue area. Toronto Police confirmed receiving some calls about the flashing pink, green and white lights spotted in a single diagonal line.
A video of the lights was posted on YouTube Saturday by Sarah Chun, who described what she saw as: "A really bright orbital object...glowing!"
“(It) stayed in one spot for about 10 to 15 minutes but then (it) started moving Southwest towards Yonge and Sheppard... then disappeared out of my sight,” she wrote.
Another person who commented on the video said his mom saw the same thing.
“My mom got two really good pictures of it, was right in the flight path. Planes were going right and left to get around it.
(It) was there for over an hour.”
One video showed more than a dozen people on the ground looking up to the sky, recording the event with their smart phones.
Calls to the Greater Toronto Airport Authority were unanswered. Toronto police at 32 Division say they received a few calls about it overnight.
After seeing the story on CP24, a Toronto police officer who patrols 32 Division sent a tweet explaining the incident.
"Hard to believe my UFO from last night actually made it as a top news story with CP24. #Quadcopter Google it!," he wrote before adding the additional hashtags #headshake, #slownewsnight.
"Quadcopter was up over Yonge Street north of Empress last night," he tweeted. "Was launched from a building top."
A quadcopter is a multirotor helicopter that has been used as a surveillance tool as well as a way to test different theories of flight navigation.
What do you guys think?
originally posted by: Char-Lee
a reply to: Skywatcher2011
If it was a Quadcopter I guess that shows a problem with them that should grow as more people own them, if in fact the airplanes had to go around it as the one person stated. Seems like someone would be in a lot of trouble launching from a roof and letting it sit in a flight path...maybe that would be checkable as the officer seems to know the launch site they must have caught them.
originally posted by: Skywatcher2011
It doesn't however explain the perfect diagonal line of the lights.
It turns out that a neighbor named Todd had spent $300 on balloons, helium and lights. He had the entire contraption on fishing line. The lights were more than 4,000 feet in the air.
"[It's] a 'TFO'… Todd's flying object," he said.