ABC New York reports:
A transformer exploded at a power plant in Queens Thursday night, lighting up the sky over New York City while causing some flight delays and scattered power outages.
The power outages affected operations at LaGuardia Airport. There was a total ground stop at the airport for about a half hour before power was restored and flights resumed with some delays and cancellations.
New Yorkers reported seeing massive blue lights in the city following the explosion and took to social media to share photos and videos.
There was a brief electrical fire at our substation on 20th Avenue & 32nd Street in Astoria this evening, which caused a transmission dip in the area. All power lines serving the area are in service and the system is stable. Photo: Michael Friedl, New York Times pic.twitter.com/vq2Ao46rhk
— Con Edison (@ConEdison) December 28, 2018
ADVISORY: The lights you have seen throughout the city appear to have been from a transformer explosion at a Con Ed facility in Queens. The fire is under control, will update as more info becomes available. Follow @fdny, @NYPD114pct and @conedison. pic.twitter.com/fdzQKs1wVV
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) December 28, 2018
“Oh for fuck’s sake” – the aliens who landed in Astoria looking at the subway map
— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) December 28, 2018
Is this an alien invasion? pic.twitter.com/ED4G94tQYo
— Emily C. Singer (@CahnEmily) December 28, 2018
See? Shut down the federal government for like a week and now aliens have invaded Manhattan
— Pwn All The Things (@pwnallthethings) December 28, 2018
No, it wasn’t an alien invasion. A power plant explosion last night turned the NYC night sky an eerie blue and shut down one of the world’s busiest airports. @GioBenitez has the story. https://t.co/C85wotrArF pic.twitter.com/aC7wCiZ0Gj
— Good Morning America (@GMA) December 28, 2018
In my neighborhood this evening… Astoria, Queens NY… Aliens??? pic.twitter.com/JhXRh0NiXm
— Jared Gordon (@JFlashGordonMMA) December 28, 2018
here’s a second look with the Queens 7 train approaching and the brilliant blue sky lighting up overheard. went on for maybe 3 minutes total
alexa show me what the alien arrival looks like pic.twitter.com/NmZNXIybLD
— J.D. Durkin (@jiveDurkey) December 28, 2018