New York City Sky Lit Up After Transformer Fire in Queens

New York City Sky Lit Up After Transformer Fire in Queens

New York City Sky Lit Up After Transformer Fire in Queens

A transformer explosion lit up the night sky in New York City on Thursday, turning the skyline bright blue for a moment and frightening residents in the process.

"I wish the blue sky in NY was aliens and not a power plant on fire", one Twitter user wrote.

A blue light caused by a transformer explosion at a power plant in Queens.

By about 10:13 p.m., Chief Terence Monahan of the Fire Department said on Twitter that there were no injuries as a result of the explosion.

According to separate reports on social media, there was also a power outage at LaGuardia Airport, which is also situated in Queens.

Neon blue streaks that could be seen from miles away over the Astoria neighborhood have scared New Yorkers, who were quick to post pictures of the alien-like shining.

The blast prompted a brief fire at a sprawling Con Edison facility in Queens - but no injuries - and a spectacular illumination of the NY skyline that generated a flurry of online commentary. "The fire is under control".

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The unusual sighting was captured by many city residents on camera, as the skies turned peacock blue.

LaGuardia Airport had to run on backup generators, causing a ground stop and delaying flights from taking off for at least an hour, but was running again around 11 p.m.

Thursday night, a spokesman for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's office tweeted that "scattered power outages were reported elsewhere". The company said it's investigating the cause of the blaze.

Substations transform electricity that comes in from power plants at high voltage down to lower voltage levels, and send it on for use.

Locals first noticed flickering lights, before turning their gaze outside to see a bright teal light pulsating for minutes.

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