If you thought you saw a light in the sky this morning, you were right.
The American Meteor Society has confirmed a “fireball event” over Ontario early this morning.
Around 6:45 a.m. EDT (10:45 UT) reports came in from Arva north of London and from inside the city at Oxford and Third Street that a large object was seen streaking through the sky.
The fireball was also spotted in Toronto and Guelph.
Toby Killby spotted the fireball while he was driving into work. Killby spotted it while traveling eastbound on Medway near Arva at Richmond when he saw the large fireball.
“To the north of me out my driver side window I saw what I assumed at the time was a plane crashing, it had a huge tail. It was such a big fireball that I thought it was a plane going into the ground.”
Another Londoner reported seeing the fireball while they were at the Tim Hortons near Oxford Street and Third Street while others took to social media to share their experiences.
I saw this driving into work this morning; it was really moving!!! Incredible https://t.co/b5AvQiDmjB
— Paula Morphy (@PaulaSangster) October 7, 2016
This is what it was!! Very cool! https://t.co/BIj8GGh0kA
— Taylor Shaw (@tayshaw1980) October 7, 2016
Killby said the second he saw the fireball he was immediately on alert.
As of 10 a.m. Friday morning the American Meteor Society reported receiving 120 tips about the fireball.
While many in London reported seeing the fireball, it was likely far away based on the preliminary estimated trajectory. The AMS projects the meteor was traveling approximately from West to East and ended its flight over the Kawartha Lakes region.
Western University cameras were able to capture footage of the fireball, first detected roughly 90km over Tobermory and moving eastwards at 24km/s. NASA also shared Western’s footage on its official Facebook page.
The fireball was seen primarily from Ontario but the AMS says witnesses from New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Ohio also reported the event.
YouTube user “DrClockSmasher” posted a dashcam video recorded from northeast metro Detroit where the fireball was also spotted.
It’s rare these for a fireball to be caught on camera in any way given how fast they travel. They typically travel at speeds of several kilometres a second before the meteor winks out.
The sighting Friday morning comes less than a week after a bright flash was seen over the sky near Toronto. On Tuesday, witnesses from Toronto to New York City reported a bright flash in the sky.
It was later confirmed to be a fireball that was actually caught on camera by the University of Toronto Scarborough observatory webcam.
It also comes two weeks after another fireball was seen flying over the skies in southern Quebec.