A transformer explosion turned the New York City skyline blue

by Ben Pena December 29, 2018, 1:10
A transformer explosion turned the New York City skyline blue

NEW YORK-A transformer exploded Thursday night at a Con Edison facility in Queens, causing scattered power outages and sending a spectacular light across the NY skyline.

The incident was a result of a power surge at the Astoria East Substation on Thursday night around 9:00 p.m., which sparked a transformer explosion and fire.

A transformer explosion at the Consolidated Edison energy company has lit up the skies over NY city, shocking witnesses and prompting wild theories ranging from an alien invasion to a Russian cyber-attack on the power grid.

"Apparently aliens are landing in New York City right now bcs the sky's blue", wrote another.

"*Not* aliens", Mayor de Blasio spokesman Eric Phillips tweeted.

While no injuries were reported, the incident wasn't entirely benign, as CNN reports that LaGuardia Airport in Queens, NY shut down for an hour due to a temporary power outage in the area.

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According to separate reports on social media, there was also a power outage at LaGuardia Airport, which is also situated in Queens. Service was impacted until around 10:25 p.m. between Woodside - 74th St. and Main Street. A company spokesperson says a fire affected transformers that caused a dip in power.

The explosion lit up the sky so brightly in neighborhoods like Astoria and Queens that it briefly appeared to be daytime, residents reported.

However, the bright blue beams that lit up the sky certainly caught the attention of nearby residents, who shared the shocking images on Twitter.

Explosions at Con Edison facilities have previously caused dramatic scenes in New York City.

Aside from a light show that led to headlines such as "Astoria Borealis", the biggest effect was felt at LaGuardia Airport, which was forced to temporarily close and use backup power after suffering an outage.

Another person suggested New Yorkers might now have super powers. Those likely were caused by the electrical arc going to the ground, McGee said.

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