Transformer explosion creates electric blue skyline in NY

Transformer explosion creates electric blue skyline in NY

Transformer explosion creates electric blue skyline in NY

A spokesman didn't immediately return a call seeking further comment.

The FAA issued a ground stop at nearby LaGuardia Airport at 9:36 p.m. with a power outage.

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.

Con Edison says a couple of transformers tripped offline at the substation at 20th Avenue and 32nd Street, sparking a fire.

Con Edison said the airport switched to a backup generator during the transmission disturbance, and all power lines serving the area are in service and the system is stable.

Residents reported temporary power outages. The blast had caused the lights in his home to flicker off and on, he said. The MTA has power, "but there are delays on the 7 train", he tweeted.

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The airport urged people to check their flight status with their carrier, saying "Many flights are departing, some are not". Please continue to avoid the area due to keep traffic clear.

Similar to the 2015 freak-out of Los Angeles, when a "blue light" streaked across the night sky, folks on Twitter declared it one of two things: aliens or something worth calling Ghostbusters for.

People flocked to social media to find out what happened and to share their views of the plumes of smoke pouring from the transformer.

Officers from New York Police Department's 114th Precinct were on the scene investigating the cause.

One resident, Joe Calderone, told the New York Post: "Damn, I thought a UFO hit Con Ed".

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