Transformer Explosion Shuts Down LaGuardia Airport

An alien invasion? The Rapture? The sky flashed an eerie blue over New York City on Thursday night and social media users feared the worst

NY residents reported the night sky being turned "as bright as day" as a neon blue glow painted the skyline.

Some Manhattan residents [VIDEO] thought aliens had finally come to rescue us and many rushed out with their phones and cameras to capture the unusual scene. Transformers, like the one that produced the bright light in Queens, change the electricity flowing through them into different voltages. "There are no injuries reported, and no fire", the fire department said.

According to separate reports on social media, there was also a power outage at LaGuardia Airport, which is also situated in Queens. The tweets said: "This what everybody sees when they take their blindfold off" and: "Amazing Images from Astoria".

Con Edison said the airport switched to a backup generator during the transmission disturbance, and all power lines serving the area were in service and the system was stable.

Even LaGuardia Airport grounded flights temporarily.

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Another Twitter user noted that people had been warned to change their ways: "What's happening in the sky in NY?" The New York Police Department reiterated as much in a tweet, saying the blue light was the result of a "transformer explosion" and adding that "the fire is under control".

Now that everyone in NY has been told that last night's spectacular light show over Astoria was not due to an alien invasion but rather a Con Ed transformer explosion, Con Ed would like you to know: It was not a transformer, and it didn't explode.

"Arriving flights are able to land, but some departures are being held up". Folks all the way out in Jersey City reported seeing the flashy lights. In the meantime, keep watching those alien invasion movies. 'So bright I couldn't look directly at it'.

This photo shows blue light over NY, as seen from Manhattan Borough of NY on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018.

"We were sitting in our living room watching TV when suddenly the lights flickered and power shut off", the woman, who didn't want to be identified but lives a couple blocks away from the substation, told The Post.

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