That Bright Blue Light Over New York? Not Space Aliens


That Bright Blue Light Over New York? Not Space Aliens

A transformer explosion at an electric power substation in the New York City borough of Queens lit up the night sky with a bright blue light Thursday, mystifying some residents, but officials said no one was injured in the incident.

“There was a boom and a bang and a flash of light,” said Jim Long, a spokesman for Fire Department New York. “It’s all under control but we’re still getting calls from residents wondering what happened,” he said early Friday.

The blue flashes that briefly lit up the night sky in the Astoria area of Queens, New York, shortly after 9 p.m. (0200 GMT) were caused by a power surge and electrical “arching” and sparked a transformer explosion and a small fire, said Con Edison spokesman Bob McGee.

Social media lit up with videos and photos of the bright light in the night sky over New York City. The chatter continued into Friday morning.

Con Edison’s McGee reassured residents after internet speculation that aliens or the villain Thanos from the recent Avengers’ movie “Infinity War” had invaded.

“No, it wasn’t space aliens,” he said. “All power has been restored to normal. But the videos online of the blue lights in the sky are still flying all over the internet,” McGee said.

The fire caused scattered outages, stalled some city trains and briefly blacked out LaGuardia Airport, which is in Queens, because of a transmission dip, he said.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a message on Twitter that Con Edison was evaluating the extent of power outages in the area.

He said that travelers could expect delays through early Friday.

The cause of the incident was being investigated.

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