Blue light in the sky over NYC was 'not aliens'

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

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

A pulsing bright blue light illuminating the sky across Queens, New York on Thursday night had everyone thinking one thing.

The Port Authority reported a partial power outage at LaGuardia Airport, which is near the power plant.

The NYPD has confirmed the lights visible in the city "appear to have been from a transformer explosion at a Con Ed facility in Queens".

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

A giant plume of smoke exploded and colored the night sky blue over a Con Edison substation in Queens on Thursday, causing people across NY to gawk in awe.

A spokesman for Con Edison did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The FDNY has received multiple calls of people with no power in the Astoria and Long Island City area, WPIX reported.

The incident sparked a power outage at LaGuardia Airport, forcing the FAA to issue a ground stop. "Many flights are departing, some are not".

"There was a brief electrical fire at our substation on 20th Avenue & 32nd Street in Astoria shortly after 9 p.m. this evening, which involved some electrical transformers and caused a transmission dip in the area", the company said in a tweet.

"What's happening in NY!?"

Lucas Espinoza said "I was eating dinner in my living room and out of nowhere the lights and TV started flickering and then the whole sky - which was pitch black a moment earlier - lit up with a pulsating greenish blue light".

Videos and photos of the light blue sky spread online as locals attempted to figure out the source of the conflagration.

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