NYC utility probes electric flash that lit sky in eerie blue

Marcus Newton
December 29, 2018

A Queens transformer explosion that turned the night sky bright blue Thursday night could be seen from Staten Island.

"I wish the blue sky in NY was aliens and not a power plant on fire", one Twitter user wrote. While it is unclear what caused the fire in the first place, bright colors from transformer fires, explosions, or arcing power lines are not uncommon.

Later shortly after 11 p.m., NYPD posted: "No injuries, no fire, no evidence of extraterrestrial activity".'s Lisa Voyticki reports.

Residents reported temporary power outages.

It turns out, aliens weren't descending in Queens - a transformer had blown at a power station.

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

'The fire is under control, will update as more info becomes available.

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Con Edison's Bob McGee reassured residents "All power has been restored to normal. but the videos online of the blue lights in the sky are still flying all over the internet", McGee said.

The issue caused a transmission dip in the area, and Con Edison crews responded with the Fire Department of New York, Con Edison said. The fire was under control as of 9:40 p.m.

"I'm sorry what???? The sky just turned blue????"

People across the city reported seeing a bright blue light near Queens on Thursday night (Friday morning DST). "THE SKY JUST TURNED BLUE???? literally so confused I think aliens just tried to steal NY", one user wrote on Twitter.

In 2010, for instance, a huge fireball erupted on 6th Avenue - the result of an underground transformer explosion.

"We were sitting in our living room watching TV when suddenly the lights flickered and power shut off", the woman, who didn't want to be identified but lives a couple blocks away from the substation, told The Post.

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