New Yorkers report blue light over the city after transformer explosion

New Yorkers report blue light over the city after transformer explosion

New Yorkers report blue light over the city after transformer explosion

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.

CBS Newspath senior producer Heather Scott reported from Astoria that the sky turned "super bright blue" and it "looked like daylight outside".

It comes just days after an "explosion" was spotted in the skies above California.

The freaky sight set off a frenzy on social media, where people reported a power failure at LaGuardia Airport.

A giant plume of smoke coloured bright blue has exploded into the night sky sparking calls of "aliens" across New York City.

"There was a brief electrical fire at our substation in Astoria which involved some electrical transformers and caused a transmission dip in the area".

Video posted on social media shows the sky glowing a light blue color as an explosion could be seen off in the distance.


It was the second major incident involving Con Edison in the last six months.

Con Edison, the power company, tweeted that it was working with the fire department "to respond (to) a substation fire in Astoria".

"Or give me another reason why the sky is blue on this NY night!"

"Due to a power outage in Queens, there is partial flight operations @LGAairport", airport officials said in a tweet.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said the Metropolitan Transportation Authority was largely unaffected, but there were extensive delays along the 7 line.

The New York City Fire Department also tweeted confirmation that it was investigating a transformer incident at Con Edison's Queens facility.

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