Con Edison explosion had Queens pets in a panic

Con Edison explosion had Queens pets in a panic

Troy Powers
December 29, 2018

Another tweet from the department reads, "ADVISORY: The lights you have seen throughout the city appear to have been from a transformer explosion at a Con Ed facility in Queens".

"Confirming incident in Astoria was result of transformer explosion", the New York Police Department said in a tweet shortly after the sky went bright blue.

A massive transformer explosion in New York City lit up the night sky Thursday with an impressive blue light show.

The blue light prompted a wave of commentary on social media, with New Yorkers joking about its origins.

Now that everyone in NY has been told that last night's spectacular light show over Astoria was not due to an alien invasion but rather a Con Ed transformer explosion, Con Ed would like you to know: It was not a transformer, and it didn't explode.

According to NY officials, the incident-which resulted in the brief closure of the LaGuardia Airport in Queens-is under control and there are no longer signficant power outages in the surrounding area. The power supplier said it is evaluating power outages in surrounding areas and investigating the cause of the fire.

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An FDNY spokesman said firefighters responded to the blast on 20th Steinway at about 9:20 p.m. No injuries have been reported, but some areas of the city have experienced blackouts, including the LaGuardia Airport. "The blue light you saw in the sky was just the Rapture", one tweet said.

Planes were temporarily grounded, while inbound flights were impacted from the outage. The transformer exploded on a site Con Ed shares with power generating companies and other industrial facilities.

The New York Police Department later confirmed officially on Twitter that an explosion had caused the unusual sight.

"This is a very old and very polluting power plant that should have been shut down quite a while ago", Judith Enck, the former Environmental Protection Agency regional administrator for the state of NY, stated to HuffPost on Thursday.

Instead, the light came as part of an electrical fault that caused an "arc flash", Con Edison spokesman Bob McGee said Friday morning, similar to lightning.