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New York City sky lights up bright blue after Queens power plant explosion

Blue Light Illuminates Sky In Queens As Explosion Rocks Con Edison Power Plant

The sky in New York City glowed an eerie bright blue on Thursday night, after an apparent transformer explosion at a Con Edison facility in Queens.

Blue lights over the Queens borough of NY, reportedly caused by a fire at an electrical substation, December 27, 2018.

People joked that the world was at an end and an alien invasion had finally arrived in New York City when a unusual blue light took over the sky.

"The lights you have seen throughout the city appear to have been from a transformer explosion at a Con Ed facility in Queens".

Officials said that the freakish spectacle was the result of a transformer explosion at a power plant run by the energy supplier Con Edison, ...

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Residents of Astoria, Long Island City, Jackson Heights, and Forest Hills all reported similar sounds and sights.

An FDNY spokesman said firefighters responded to the blast on 20th Ave.in Steinway at about 9:20 p.m. As reported by ITV News, LaGuardia's power had mostly been restored by 11 PM and normal operations were resuming. Residents in Astoria and Queens said the explosion was so bright, it was nearly as if it were daytime.

"The electrical fault on the 138,000-volt equipment caused a sustained electrical arc flash that was visible across a wide area", the company said in a statement to WABC.

Lights reportedly even flickered in nearby homes and Laguardia Airport also saw a brief total blackout.

"Power lines serving the area are in service and system is stable".

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All terminals were affected by the loss of commercial power, causing the Federal Aviation Administration to issue a temporary ground stop.

Another person suggested New Yorkers might now have super powers.

They added this had caused an explosion and a dip in transmission in the area and that they were investigating the cause.

The odd blue light sparked rampant speculation as to what was going on.

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