Transformer explosion at power plant turns New York skyline blue, causes outages


Another user asked: "Why is the sky lit up bright blue in Queens New York City right now?"

"I thought it was a terrorist attack". "But the videos online of the blue lights in the sky are still flying all over the internet", McGee said.

No injuries were reported, and by 11 pm power was partially restored at the airport.'s Lisa Voyticki reports. De Blasio's spokesman Eric Phillips tweeted that "scattered" power outages were reported elsewhere.

It turns out, aliens weren't descending in Queens - a transformer had blown at a power station. An air traffic control tower at the airport was running on a generator as of late Thursday night and some terminals were without power, local and airline officials said. Flight tracking site FlightAware shows that no flights took off from the busy NY airport between 9:22 PM and 10:23 PM ET. "You felt it in your chest, the explosions, and the night sky turned an electric blue".

Update 10:02pm: A full ground stop has been confirmed at LaGuardia Airport due to power outages.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said crews were working to fully restore power "as soon as possible", but he did not offer a timeline.

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And Con Edison shed more light on the cause of the excitement.

Besides lighting up the sky in shades of blue visible as far as Manhattan and New Jersey, temors shook buildings and rattled windows.

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

Now that everyone in NY has been told that last night's spectacular light show over Astoria was not due to an alien invasion but rather a Con Ed transformer explosion, Con Ed would like you to know: It was not a transformer, and it didn't explode.

"I'm tight cause I KNOW someone just got superpowers from that blue light".