Explosion At Astoria’s Con Edison Power Plant Turns New York Sky Blue

A couple transformers exploded at Con Edison’s power plant in Astoria turning New York’s sky an eerie blue for a short period of time

  • Twitter was flooded with videos of the blue night sky

  • LaGuardia Airport was briefly grounded following the explosion

  • An investigation concluded the explosions was a non-suspicious equipment malfunction

New Yorkers were confused on Thursday night as the city sky resembled an alien invasion after a power plant in Queens blew up.

Twitter was flooded with videos of the New York sky turning an eerie blue around 9:00 pm. While some believed it was an alien invasion, in reality, a couple of transformers tripped offline at the intersection of 20th Avenue and 32nd Street in Astoria.

The blue sky was seen as far away as New Jersey, and Manhattan and tremors shook buildings and windows. Some residents reported a temporary power outage. All flights from LaGuardia airport in Queens were temporarily grounded from 9:22 and 10:23 pm.

The NYPD 114th Precinct Twitter account sent out two tweets about the explosion. In the first tweet, the precinct confirmed they were investigating a transformer explosion.

Investigating a transformer explosion at Astoria East & North Queens Con Ed power plant. Please avoid 20th Ave & 31 st.

A little later, a second tweet said the explosion was due to “non-suspicious equipment malfunction.” Despite things being under control, the NYPD requested for traffic to still avoid the area.

Transformer explosion was determined to be a non-suspicious equipment malfunction. Please continue to avoid the area due to keep traffic clear. Thank you.

Con Edison also tweeted about Thursday’s explosion explaining a substation experienced a brief electrical fire. The tweet went on to say the system was stable once again.

There was a brief electrical fire at our substation on 20th Avenue & 32nd Street in Astoria this evening, which caused a transmission dip in the area. All power lines serving the area are in service and the system is stable. Photo: Michael Friedl, New York Times

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