Transformer explosion at NYC power plant lights up night sky


A transformer explosion in Queens sent an eerie blue light flooding the nighttime sky over New York City Thursday night, startling residents.

The lights caused a stir on social media as several witnesses posted photographs and videos of a bright, blue flash that filled the night's sky.

Nearby LaGuardia Airport grounded all flights for about 30 minutes in order to do an airport inspection, according to the FAA.

The explosions lit up the sky in shades of blue.

The NYPD eventually confirmed that there was no alien activity either in Queens or the Bronx and that the explosion was not the result of suspicious activity.

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Multiple fires are taking place because a "couple of transformers tripped offline" at the intersection of 20th Avenue and 32nd Street in Astoria, Queens, Con Edison spokesperson Bob McGee told CNN. The MTA has power, "but there are delays on the 7 train", he tweeted. The cause of the incident was being investigated, it said. "Con Edison has been in contact with officials at LaGuardia Airport, which switched to backup generation at the time of the transmission disturbance".

A spokesman for Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted their had been "scattered power outages". At 10:15pm they reported the incident was under control and there were no reported injuries and no fire.

The airport is cautioning passengers to check with their carriers, as "may flights are departing, some are not".

Residents reported temporary power outages.