When numerous witnesses observed strange lights in the night sky over Plano, Texas, they turned to social media for an expert explanation. Famed astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson saw the video posted on Twitter and responded. However, the famed scientist and director of New York's Hayden Planetarium was stumped by the mystery, which was later revealed to be nothing more than an ordinary, run-of-the-mill fireworks display.

Video footage of the event was posted to Twitter on Wednesday by Hunter J. Gombac, who spotted the unusual lights from a rooftop in Plano at around 10:30 in the evening.

Seeking a solution to the mystery, Gombac tagged NASA and the local newspaper in his Twitter post.

In the video, the witnesses who observed the aerial phenomenon were awed, with one observer describing the lights as moving in crazy directions as they disappeared and reappeared without any logical explanation.

Tyson at a loss for words

Gombac's tweet caught the attention of Tyson, who decided not to risk losing credibility by venturing a guess as to what the weird blinking objects might be. The scientist replied to Gombac's tweet, writing, "The universe brims with mysteries."

The astrophysicist is well known in the Plano area-- he even appears speaking before local students in a space travel film produced by Plano Senior High School.

He earned his master's of astronomy degree at the University of Texas at Austin in 1983, and while Tyson's academic background includes stints at the prestigious universities of Harvard, Princeton and Columbia, the internationally-known scientist was apparently baffled by a phenomenon with a painfully simple explanation.

As it turns out, the adjoining city of Frisco happened to be hosting the Texas League All-Star Game on the night Gombac captured the lights on video, with the lights corresponding with a pyrotechnics display at the end of the game.

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Parachute team responsible for UFO sightings

According to Dallas News, the lights observed in the sky over Plano were the result of the Patriot Parachute Team, who set off pyrotechnics as they jumped from their plane and parachuted into the baseball stadium.

A spokesperson for the parachute team spoke to Dallas News by phone and admitted that this was not the first time the team's fireworks show had witnesses on the ground wondering if they had observed something otherwordly.

"That happens a lot," said the spokesperson. "People think they see UFOs all the time with the pyrotechnic show."