Blue light in the sky over NYC was 'not aliens'

Hugh Fox
December 28, 2018

A bright, blue light rose above the New York City sky Thursday evening after what's being called an explosion at the Con Edison facility in Astoria, Queens.

Some have posted awesome videos of the incident on social media.

"At first I thought the aliens have arrived on earth but nope it has been confirmed to be a power plant transformer by multiple sources".

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Also on Thursday, a power outage at LaGuardia Airport, which is located in Queens, prompted flight cancellations, the NY affiliate of NBC reported.

The explosions lit up the sky in shades of blue visible as far as Manhattan and New Jersey.

The unusual sight was caused by an explosion at the Astoria power plant in Queens.

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Despite the many comparisons to aliens and UFOs, officials had a perfectly normal explanation for the light: A transformer fire at the Con Edison utility site in Queens.

"There was a brief electrical fire at our substation on 20th Avenue & 32nd Street in Astoria shortly after 9 p.m. this evening, which involved some electrical transformers and caused a transmission dip in the area", the company said in a tweet. Con Ed confirmed that the airport was running on generator power. "The fire is under control, will update as more info becomes available", the NYPD said on Twitter. The MTA has power, "but there are delays on the 7 train", he tweeted. Planes were landing at the airport but departing flights were temporarily held.

Blue lights were seen around the city and in New Jersey, according to WPIX.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio spokesman Eric Philips added that "scattered" power outages were reported elsewhere.

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