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Transformer explodes at NY power plant, fills sky with blue light

28 December, 2018, 13:46 | Author: Kristi Dunn
  • An alien invasion? The Rapture? The sky flashed an eerie blue over New York City on Thursday night and social media users feared the worst

The New York Police Department's 114th precinct, which patrols the area, said in a Twitter post that people should avoid the area around the power plant.

A transformer explosion lit up the night sky in New York City on Thursday, turning the skyline bright blue for a moment and frightening residents in the process.

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.

NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan told CBS New York there were no injuries as a result of the explosion.

Some have posted unbelievable videos of the incident on social media.

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"Small, blue explosion near LaGuardia has knocked out power at the airport and surrounding area, ' said user Mason Mccoy".

It also caused some flight cancellations and delays but all power and services were restored before midnight, McGee said.

According to the utility outage map for Con Edison, there were only 76 who were said to have lost power. "But the videos online of the blue lights in the sky are still flying all over the internet".

"*Not* aliens. Blown transformer at Queens Con-Ed facility", Eric Phillips, the mayor's press secretary, tweeted, "Scattered power outages, including LGA".

LaGuardia Airport was fully functional again by 11 PM Thursday evening. Con Edison is investigating the cause of the incident. Air traffic control facilities continued operations because they went immediately to generator power, said FAA Eastern Region spokesman Gregory Martin.

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