Police are investigating reports of at least one parachutist flying above downtown Toronto and landing in the middle of the city on Saturday.
According to the Toronto Police Service, police received calls of a person parachuting into a park area close to Rosedale Valley Road and Sherbourne Street.
Twitter user Erica Lewin posted a video online showing a person with a black and white parachute descending in the same area described by police. Over Twitter, she told police it occurred at around 6:44 p.m.
She captioned her 12-second video saying, “but can someone explain to me why I just saw people parachuting into downtown Toronto?” She wrote she’d seen two parachutes descending from more than 21 stories up, but only managed to record one.
In a tweet, police said they searched the area but they didn’t find anyone or any evidence of the landing.
They initially believed the parachutist was in distress because their parachute didn’t open fully. But citizens suggested to police the person was unharmed.
Toronto Police Const. Allison Douglas-Cook told CTVNews.ca that parachuting is not allowed in the city and that the person could be charged with public mischief. She added that police want to “deter this kind of behaviour.”
“Within the city limits, there’s a lot of possibilities of where this person could land and the harm they can cause to themselves or someone else,” she said.
But according to Adam Mabee, president of the Parachute School of Toronto, the act is “probably more common than most people would think.”
“Usually it’s done very quietly and out of sight,” Mabee told CTV Toronto. “Sometimes people do see it like this, but I think most of them happen without many witnesses.”
Police say that the incident is the third they’re aware of in the past year.May 4, 2019
Rosedale Valley Rd + Sherbourne St
-Officers have searched the area
-No "distressed parachuters" were found
-Info from citizens suggests parachuter was not injured
Yes it is. The video is from sherbourne street looking at bloor, taken at 6:44 pm.— Erica (@ericalewin) May 5, 2019
I actually believe I saw two parachuters, the other went in the opposite direction and would have had a more dangerous landing (there’s no clear area to land). I didn’t catch them on video.— Erica (@ericalewin) May 5, 2019
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