Large meteor fireball explodes over the eastern United States and Canada, setting off confusion about a possible plane crash in Toronto

A large meteor fireball was spotted over New York.

The space rock disintegrated above the eastern United States and Canada, setting off confusion about a possible plane crash in Toronto. Loud boom!

The fireball was spotted at about 10:36 p.m. Tuesday and prompted about 280 reports to the American Meteor Society, primarily from Ontario.

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UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCARBOROUGH OBSERVATORY/VIA TWITTER

Here another video recorded at the University of Toronto Scarborough Observatory:

But witnesses as far west as Michigan and as far south as Virginia reported the meteor over the eastern Great Lakes region.

Meanwhile other Orionid fireballs have exploded around the globe, especially above Spain.

This fireball hit the atmosphere at around 137000 km/h on Oct. 3 at 23:01 UT:

This other bright meteor exploded over the Sierra Nevada at around 64000 km/h on Oct. 4 at 23:46 UT:

In 2016, the Orionid meteor shower will last from October 2 to November 7. That’s when Earth is passing through the stream of debris left behind by Comet Halley, the parent comet of the Orionid shower. The expected peak in 2016 is expected before dawn on October 21.

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