The sky above Queens was set ablaze last night with blue lights after a Con Edison transformer went up in flames.
The mysterious blue light that flooded much of New York City’s sky late Thursday night was discovered to be an electrical emergency. Con Edison quickly took to twitter to say, “There was a brief electrical fire at our substation in Astoria which involved some electrical transformers and caused a transmission dip in the area.”
The electrical fire took place at their substation on 20th Avenue & 32nd Street in Astoria. Although it was shortlived, the flickering blue sky was a specacular occurence.
The eerie blue sky could even be seen from Manhattan:
In a statement made early Friday to NBC4, spokesman Bob McGee said “The electrical fault on the 138,000 volt equipment caused a sustained electrical arc flash that was visible across a wide area.”
It was announced by City Council Speaker Corey Johnson on Twitter that LaGuardia Airport was “temporarily closed due to power outage resulting from the ConEd transformer explosion.” At around 11 p.m. the airport’s power was mostly restored and running. The NYPD confirmed there were no injuries in the explosion, and announed Friday morning that it was due to a “non-suspicious equipment malfunction.”
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