The sky turned blue above New York City on Thursday night. Here’s why

Residents in parts of New York City and North Jersey received quite the scare on Thursday night, as a mysterious blue light engulfed the sky in the Astoria section of Queens, which could be seen for miles.

The New York City Police Department said this was caused by an explosion at the Con Edison power plant in the Astoria section of Queens, and it is under investigation. The incident was reported around 9 p.m.

A blue light filled the sky and could be seen as far as Hoboken because of the explosion, Con Edison officials said. A fire that broke out at the facility in Queens caused a “transmission dip in the area.”

The NYPD said the incident is under control and no injuries have been reported.

Laguardia Airport was closed temporarily due to the Con Ed transformer explosion, New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson said.

The incident instantly caused a stir on Twitter, with dozens of users posting videos of the sky:

Uh, the sky over Astoria right now…

— Jesse Spector (@jessespector) December 28, 2018

Many Shubs and Zulls knew what it was to be roasted in the depths of a Sloar that day, I can tell you.

One more vid of the best light display we’ve had here in Fun City in years, courtesy (apparently) a transformer fire in Astoria, Queens:

— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) December 28, 2018

Transformer fire in #Queens! The whole sky was blue.

— queensbee (@queensbee4) December 28, 2018

Explosions in Astoria! Terrifying. What’s going on @ABC7NY? This is @ConEdison plant in Astoria minutes ago!

— Chaz Wolcott (@dancinchaz) December 28, 2018

Something definitely happening in #Astoria — green and blue sky flickering, terrifying. Here’s the view from our apartment. Con Ed?

— Camille Bautista-Fryer (@CamBautista) December 28, 2018

What appears to be a large transformer malfunction at the #ConEdison PowerPlant in

— Travels & Chases (@TRAVELSnCHASES) December 28, 2018

Why is it blue over the east river??

— Peg Samuel 🤩 (@socialdiva) December 28, 2018

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