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:
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: pic.twitter.com/fBvMfJ3DgV
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) December 28, 2018