New York City skyline turns bright blue after transformer explosion

Minnie Murray
December 28, 2018

By about 10:13 p.m., Chief Terence Monahan of the Fire Department said on Twitter that there were no injuries as a result of the explosion.

The explosions lit up the sky in shades of blue.

Residents left their homes as the black sky turned neon blue, with several telling the Guardian they thought they were witnessing an alien invasion.

Even LaGuardia Airport grounded flights temporarily.

Photos posted onto social media showed a bright light burning as it was followed by a odd, wispy trail.

New Yorkers reported seeing a unusual blue light over the city on Thursday night.


Con Edison, the power company, tweeted that it was working with the fire department "to respond (to) a substation fire in Astoria".

Eric Philips, spokesman for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio stated that "scattered" power outages were reported elsewhere. The ground stop lasted about 45 minutes.

The New York Police Department (NYPD) later confirmed the light had been caused after a couple of transformer tipped offline at a substation.

"There was this HUGE blue light in the sky and it was making this wild electricity noise", one person tweeted.

NY mayor Bill de Blasio's spokesman Eric Phillips said there are scattered power outages in the city, including at LaGuardia Airport. The power supplier said it is evaluating power outages in surrounding areas and investigating the cause of the fire.

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