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Sorry X-Files fans: Nanaimo RCMP suspect UFO was a kite

Police in Nanaimo say there was a simple explanation after numerous calls were made about unexplained, strange lights in the sky.

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Actress Gillian Anderson (L) and actor David Duchovny arrive at the premiere of Fox's "The X-Files" at the California Science Center on January 16, 2106 in Los Angeles, California.

How’s this for a cover up?

Nanaimo RCMP say the unidentified flying object seen by many in the sky early Thursday morning was in fact a kite.

The Vancouver Island police detachment received numerous calls at 1:30 a.m. about unexplained, strange lights in the sky over Dover Road.

“Quite a few calls were received from concerned members of the public about some lights floating in the sky over northern Nanaimo,” said Cpl. Jon Stuart in a statement. “People were seen videotaping and photographing this unearthly phenomenon. Was this an X-Files case?”

No, if police are to be believed.

Stuart says responding officers tracked the source to a man in the parking lot of Nanaimo North mall, who had been flying a box kite with LED lights attached to the tail.

Officers say he was flying the kite at an extreme height, as much as 10,000 feet up, when the line broke and the kite blew away into the night sky.

“The man has been spoken to about the dangers associated with flying an object high enough to possibly pose a danger to flight traffic,” said Stuart. “We also believe this was the source of the lights seen by many people, floating in the sky.”

Police say no charges are being considered against the man flying the kite.

There have been no reports of FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully in the area.

The truth is still out there.