Americans have been baffled by a mysterious blue light that illuminated the night sky in New York City. NY police said the fire was under control as of 9:40 p.m. and no injuries were reported.
An Con Ed transformer explosion in Astoria caused a blue sky over Queens. "The fire is under control".
It was not immediately clear if the two events were related.
Despite a fairly simple explanation for the odd blue light, many thought that an alien invasion had finally arrived in New York City. Con Edison has been in contact with officials at LaGuardia Airport, which switched to backup generation at the time of the transmission disturbance. The NYPD and FDNY confirmed to Fox 5 that their personnel responded to calls of an explosion and a fire.
There are no significant reported power outages anymore, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.
Besides lighting up the sky in shades of blue visible as far as Manhattan and New Jersey, temors shook buildings and rattled windows. "It's "*Not a href="https://twitter.com/EricFPhillips/status/1078482431693475840" *tweeted Eric Phillips, a spokesman for Mayor Bill de Blasio. "It's 9pm and the sky is NEON BLUE", one user wrote alongside a photo of the sky.
The incident sparked a power outage at LaGuardia Airport, forcing the FAA to issue a ground stop.
Drew Gemini tweeted: "Aliens have landed in Astoria?"
"Power lines serving the area are in service and system is stable".
He said that travelers could expect delays through early Friday. The blast had caused the lights in his home to flicker off and on, he said.
Authorities are investigating an apparent power plant explosion.