Published: Sat, December 29, 2018
Finance | By Kristine Clayton

NY transformer explosion turns sky bright blue, knocks out power

NY transformer explosion turns sky bright blue, knocks out power

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

One resident, Joe Calderone, told the New York Post: "Damn, I thought a UFO hit Con Ed".

"Reports: Investigating a transformer explosion at Astoria East & North Queens Con Ed power plant".

"There are no injuries reported, and no fire", the statement said.

According to the utility outage map for Con Edison, there were only 76 who were said to have lost power.

One Astoria resident and her boyfriend immediately hopped in their auto with their cats in tow after witnessing Thursday night's supernatural glow radiating from the Con Edison substation at 20th Avenue and 32nd Street.

Airport: LaGuardia Airport briefly lost power after the explosion, too.

In the end, the explanation turned out to be somewhat more mundane: a problem at a local power plant. Con Edison has been in contact with officials at LaGuardia Airport, which switched to backup generation at the time of the transmission disturbance.

The blast prompted a brief fire at a sprawling Con Edison facility in Queens - but no injuries - and a spectacular illumination of the NY skyline that generated a flurry of online commentary.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a message on Twitter that Con Edison was evaluating the extent of power outages in the area. Service was impacted until around 10:25 p.m. between Woodside - 74th St. and Main Street. "It was so big it was like the whole sky turned blue", said Astoria resident Ziad Elnokrashy.

The FAA issued a ground stop at nearby LaGuardia Airport at 9:36 p.m. with a power outage.

Another person suggested New Yorkers might now have super powers.

The explosions lit up the sky in shades of blue visible as far as Manhattan and New Jersey.

Instead, the light came as part of an electrical fault that caused an "arc flash", Con Edison spokesman Bob McGee said Friday morning, similar to lightning.

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