A Power Plant Explosion In NYC Had Everyone Convinced Aliens Were Invading

A transformer explosion at a Queens Con Edison plant turned the night sky a odd shade of blue over New York City Thursday evening, causing power outages, briefly shutting LaGuardia Airport and snarling some subway service.

NYC Fire Wire confirmed it was a transformer explosion at Astoria East & North Queens Con Ed power plant to emit the unusual blue light all across Queens and New York City.

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

NY skyline after transformer explosion at Astoria East & North Queens Con Ed power plant, stay safe.

Shortly after the explosion, the Port Authority of NY and New Jersey closed La Guardia Airport for "airport inspection", the FAA said in an advisory posted to its website.

Residents of Astoria, Long Island City, Jackson Heights, and Forest Hills all reported similar sounds and sights. De Blasio's spokesman Eric Phillips tweeted that "scattered" power outages were reported elsewhere. According to the National UFO Reporting Center, there have been 18 UFO sightings in NY in the last two months.

"You could hear the roar and see the super white, bright light", Tebbett said.

Planes were temporarily grounded, while inbound flights were impacted from the outage.

"The affected equipment was isolated to a single section within the substation", Con Edison says, adding, that it "has restored all major transmission lines associated with this event and is in the process of investigating the root cause of the failure.

Is it fireworks?" Louis Santoro, a New York City resident, wrote on Twitter.

LaGuardia Airport has since resumed to normal operations, the FAA said in an advisory posted to its website.

"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.

Another Twitter user noted that people had been warned to change their ways: "What's happening in the sky in NY?"

  • Anthony Vega