The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre issued a press release Tuesday stating it was responsible for a UFO hoax carried out near a recent Vancouver Canadians minor league baseball game. "Recent close encounters reported by local UFO bloggers are actually the result of an elaborate hoax masterminded by the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre," the press release stated.
The incident was initially reported Friday as a mass UFO sighting. Many people attending the baseball game reported witnessing an unidentified object flying nearby, resulting in related photos and videos posted to the Internet.
"The image of a drone in the shape of the Space Centre was captured by web cams, camera phones and video in and around Vancouver locations," the H.R. MacMillan corporation explained in the press release, adding that the Space Centre worked with an ad agency to develop what was termed an "extreme teaser campaign". The campaign included the strategic release of photos of the drone sightings through social media to UFO bloggers, Twitter and Facebook. The goal, according to the press release, was to promote a newly renovated planetarium located at the Space Centre.