Blue sky at night lights up social media in NY

A bright line originating from Queens lit up the entire New York City skyline on December 27

A bright line originating from Queens lit up the entire New York City skyline on December 27

Photos posted onto social media showed a bright light burning as it was followed by a unusual, wispy trail.

"Astoria got one of the craziest gender reveals", another joked alongside a video of the blue sky.

"The NYPD and the FDNY are on scene at a Con Ed facility in Astoria where an apparent transformer explosion just lit up the sky over the city", Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted. "We're now investigating the cause of the incident", Con Edison tweeted.

According to the NYPD's 114th Precinct, a transformer explosion occured on Astoria East & North Queens at Con Edison's power plant. Con Ed confirmed that the airport was running on generator power.

The source of the bluish light was apparently a transformer explosion, the NYPD said. "Literally so confused I think aliens just tried to steal NY", one user wrote on Twitter.

People immediately took to social media to post images of the sky across the city illuminated by an eerie blue-green light.

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Say, NYC, wtf was this?

One commenter said: "Can someone explain why the sky in Brooklyn was lightning top bright blue? I ran up to my rooftop and grabbed the video while it lasted for a few minutes".

Meanwhile, the power cut hit New York's LaGuardia Airport, which warned travellers to be prepared for delays.

He said there are scattered power outages, including at LaGuardia Airport.

The Metropolitan Transit Authority said power outages were affecting 7 trains.

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