Neon blue sky in NY allegedly caused by transformer explosion

Clay Curtis
December 28, 2018

It wasn't immediately clear if anyone was hurt in the transformer explosion or how many people were left without power, local media reported.

NY fire officials said they were investigating the "transformer incident" after receiving numerous reports of "explosions" in Long Island City and Astoria.

A transformer explosion in Queens, New York, allegedly turned the city's sky a neon blue Thursday night, leaving many onlookers baffled.

The explosion also caused a power outage at busy LaGuardia Airport and reportedly brought the airport to a grinding halt during the busy holiday travel season. Planes were landing at the airport but departing flights were temporarily held.

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Deputy Inspector Benjamin Gurley of NYPD's 43rd Precinct quickly assured residents that there were no aliens involved in the incident, and the Fire Department of NY said in a tweet that the situation was under control.

"There was this HUGE blue light in the sky and it was making this wild electricity noise", one person tweeted.

LaGuardia Airport lost power and air traffic was suspended as a result of the explosion. The ground stop lasted about 45 minutes.

The mayor of New York Bill de Blasio confirmed the extraordinary light was "caused by electrical surge at substation", but said there were no current fire and no injuries.

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