Transformer explosion in New York City lights up night sky

Transformer explosion in New York City lights up night sky

A small explosion at a power plant turned the sky over NY bright blue last night, causing airport disruption and prompting the mayor's official spokesman to confirm that it was "not aliens".

Authorities in NY on Thursday said they were looking into a "transformer incident" following reports of an explosion.

Thursday night lights: A fire at a power plant caused the sky to flash an eerie blue over New York City. Some power outages were being reported in the wake of the explosion, which was visible across much of the city.

NY mayor Bill de Blasio's spokesman Eric Phillips said there are scattered power outages in the city, including at LaGuardia Airport.

It also caused some flight cancellations and delays but all power and services were restored before midnight, McGee said.

The cause of the incident was being investigated. "All the other calls were related to explosions".




NYC Fire Wire confirmed that a fire had occurred in the Astoria neighborhood.

NYPD reports that a fire caused by the explosion is under control. "One boom, and then boom boom boom boom boom!"

The light went from white to yellow to an incandescent blue - and with a level of clouds hanging above the New York City skyline, the effect was striking.

"You could see it from the precinct, and the precinct is about a half-mile away", he said.

Con Edison said on Twitter an electrical fire at a substation in the Astoria section of Queens caused a transmission dip in the area.

Because all FAA facilities at La Guardia are on generator power there was no interruption to air traffic control, FAA spokesman Greg Martin said. The utility's outage map showed only about 50 power outages as of 9:50 p.m. Thursday, but that number was growing.

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