A Con Edison power plant on Ditmars Steinway north of Astoria, Queens, exploded on Thursday night, emitting a blue light through the skies of New York. Several users on Twitter and Facebook have published their images.
The New York Police Department reported that it is “investigating an explosion of a transformer of a power plant in Queens.”
Con Edison just posted on Twitter this photograph of his workers among the teams that caused the riots last night.
— Con Edison (@ConEdison) December 28, 2018
The intense intermittent light began shortly after 09:00 pm local time and was preceded by a slight cut in the electricity grid.
Belén Pérez, a resident of Corona, Queens, told Univisión 41 that the building left the electricity for 5 seconds, while other neighbors reported only a slight blink.
However, the LaGuardia airport had a total blackout, and the incoming and outgoing flights were canceled, although by 11 o’clock at night electricity service had been resumed in most of the terminal. The metro service also stopped at several stations.
Numerous neighbors peered through its windows to look at the sky, which for more than a minute was illuminated with different shades of blue while listening to a buzzing.
According to NBC, ConEdison has said that a pair of transformers were disconnected in the substation of Avenue 20 and 32nd Street, causing a fire. This is the tweet that the company itself has transmitted:
Light could be seen from neighborhoods such as Astoria, Queens, and areas of Manhattan, Brookyn, The Bronx, and even as far as Mamaroneck and Yonkers, in Westchester County. Also from the bridge of George Washington between New Jersey and New York, according to data of the users who have reported videos from several of these places.
“There is no evidence of extraterrestrial activity,” the New York police joked, confirming that the strange lights in the city’s sky were due to the explosion of a transformer in Queens.
Keith Olbermann referred to the episode as the “Blue Light Special.”
“Something crazy is happening in the sky over Manhattan right now,” Eric Klineberg, a sociologist at New York University, wrote on Twitter, attaching a video that showed the unusual lighting.
The NYPD restricted the passage through the 20th Avenue and 32nd streets, while the events are investigated.
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