New York City skyline turns bright blue after transformer explosion

New York City sky lights up bright blue after Queens power plant explosion

New York City sky lights up bright blue after Queens power plant explosion

One of the Tri-State area's three major airports was forced to temporarily shut down late Thursday as an electric emergency at a Con Edison substation in Queens lit the night sky across much of New York City ablaze and spawned a flurry of social media reaction.

Multiple fires are taking place because a "couple of transformers tripped offline" at the intersection of 20th Avenue and 32nd Street in Astoria, Queens, Con Edison spokesperson Bob McGee told CNN.

Shortly after the explosion, the New York Police Department informed residents that the blue light was the result of a transformer explosion at a Con Edison power plant. Scattered power outages, including LGA.

The incident sparked a power outage at LaGuardia Airport, forcing the FAA to issue a ground stop.

Mayor Bill de Blasio's Twitter account tweeted that an "electrical surge at a substation" caused the light show.

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Frank's friend Phil Castellano shared a further message on Facebook on behalf of the actor's wife. "He was a great father and an fantastic husband", Adonis' wife said in a statement.

Parts of Queens have lost power and La Guardia airport has closed after the incident.

NYPD is investigating a possible transformer explosion at the ConEd plant in Astoria.

Residents of Astoria, Long Island City, Jackson Heights, and Forest Hills all reported similar sounds and sights.

Americans have been baffled by a mysterious blue light that illuminated the night sky in New York City. "Con-Ed, FDNY, PD, OEM all working on it".

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