Police investigating a report of a small plane crashing in Halifax say the glowing object was likely a flare.

A group of children reported that a fireball nosedived to the ground in a wooded area off Herring Cove Road Wednesday evening.

Firefighters, police and search-and-rescue teams sprang into action. As a helicopter searched from above, police rode dirt bikes through the woods.

But as the investigation continued, it was appearing less likely that the object was a plane.

Police said they were told that someone had fired a flare nearby, which matched the trajectory of the object the children saw.

The helicopter didn't find wreckage, no airports had light planes in the air at the time, and no one else reported seeing a plane go down, police said.

The search was called off shortly after dark.