A mysterious blue light that could be seen for miles lit up the New York City skyline, and social media last night, causing confusion and blackouts.
It wasn’t extraterrestrials or a terror attack. But a transformer fire at a Con Edison power plant that lit up the New York City skyline last night.
“It was freaky, it was like Independence Day the movie,” said State Senator Michael Gianaris, Queens, NY.
There was an equipment malfunction, that I’m told by Con Edison that happens pretty routine,” said Osvaldo Nunes, Deputy Inspector NYPD, “but this time it caused a spectacular light show, which caused public alarm.”
The eerie blue glow could be seen as far as 20 miles away.
The explosion happened at the utility company’s facility in Astoria, Queens just east of Manhattan.
It caused scattered blackouts, train delays, and a ground stop at nearby LaGuardia Airport
The incident also caused social media to blow up, with the explosion trending on Twitter, many speculating an alien invasion was imminent.
In a statement, Con Edison says it has restored all major transmission lines associated with this event and is in the process of investigating the root cause of the failure.
NYPD released a tweet shortly after the explosion, saying the fire was under control. No injuries or deaths have been reported.