New York's Skyline Suddenly Lit Up With A Blue Glow

Minnie Murray
December 28, 2018

LaGuardia Airport suffered power outages and all outgoing flights were temporarily suspended, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson said.

According to PIX11, viewers sent in photos of a blue light that lit up parts of the New York City.

Deputy Inspector Benjamin Gurley of NYPD's 43rd Precinct quickly assured residents that there were no aliens involved in the incident, and the Fire Department of NY said in a tweet that the situation was under control.

Providing more details about the phenomenon, Con Edison said in a statement Friday morning that the light emanated from "a sustained electrical arc flash that was visible across a wide area".

"Something insane is happening in the sky above Manhattan right now", New York University sociologist Eric Klineberg wrote on Twitter under a video of the flashing sky.

There are no significant reported power outages anymore, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

Fire officials said they were fielding numerous calls for reports of explosions in the Long Island City and Astoria areas.


Neon blue streaks that could be seen from miles away over the Astoria neighborhood have scared New Yorkers, who were quick to post pictures of the alien-like shining.

It's not the first time New York City the ominous glow has caught New York City residents by surprise.

Nearby LaGuardia Airport grounded all flights for about 30 minutes in order to do an airport inspection, according to the FAA.

It comes just days after an "explosion" was spotted in the skies above California.

Con Edison said it is investigating the incident.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said the blue light was caused by an electrical surge at the substation.

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