NYC sky glows blue after transformer explodes in Queens

NYC sky glows blue after transformer explodes in Queens

NYPD Chief Nilda Hofmann said police were investigating a transformer explosion at Astoria East and North Queens Con Ed power plant.

A power plant explosion caused social media to go into a frenzy after a blue light illuminated the NY sky Thursday night.

Meanwhile, the power cut hit New York's LaGuardia Airport, which warned travellers to be prepared for delays.

The glow could be seen from Manhattan shortly after 9 p.m. Thursday following a "brief electrical fire" at the facility in the Northern Queens neighborhood, said Bob McGee, a spokesman for utility Consolidated Edison Inc.

"There was a boom and a bang and a flash of light", said Jim Long, a spokesman for Fire Department New York.

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Con Edison also confirmed that a fire had broken out at their facility.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said full power has been restored to the airport, and that there are no significant outages to report.

New Yorkers took to social media to share dramatic images and video and speculate about what happened.

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

A bright blue light lit up the NY skyline after a transformer exploded at an energy facility.

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The public is being advised to avoid the vicinity of the power plant on 20th Ave and 31st Street. 'Unclear what the cause is. everything (exiting, boarding, security, etc.) is frozen until they figure it out.

"Arriving flights are able to land, but some departures are being held up".

Videos and photos of the light blue sky spread online as locals attempted to figure out the source of the conflagration.

Residents reported temporary power outages. Folks all the way out in Jersey City reported seeing the flashy lights.

"It was pitch black outside and then suddenly the whole side of the eastern sky was lighting up and changing colors, " said Madeleine Frank Reeves, who saw the lights from her Upper West Side apartment.

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Karol Markowicz said: 'Wtf if this insane bright blue light over Brooklyn?!?'

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