Airport Back To Normal After Dazzling Transformer Explosion Takes Out Power

Blue lights over the Queens borough of New York reportedly caused by a fire at an electrical substation Dec. 27 2018. Some power outages were being reported in the wake of the explosion which was visible across much of the city. Authorities said the

A neon blue light caused by transformer explosion in NY on Thursday led some residents to believe that "aliens had landed".

Some Manhattan residents [VIDEO] thought aliens had finally come to rescue us and many rushed out with their phones and cameras to capture the unusual scene. "The blue light you saw in the sky was just the Rapture", one tweet said. Speaking with Gizmodo by phone, an NYPD spokesperson said there were no reported injuries or deaths in the incident. And the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said in a tweet that No. 7 train had been disrupted by the power failures.

"There are no active fires and no significant loss of power except to LaGuardia airport where crews are working to restore full power to the airport as soon as possible", Cuomo said in a statement. Some power outages were being reported in the wake of the explosion, which was visible across much of the city.

Even LaGuardia Airport grounded flights temporarily. Service was impacted until around 10:25 p.m. between Woodside - 74th St. and Main Street. Those likely were caused by the electrical arc going to the ground, McGee said.

While many were afraid the illuminated sky was an alien invasion, the New York Police Department confirmed it was a result of a transformer explosion that also caused a power outage at LaGuardia Airport.

Power resumed later in the night, BuzzFeed News reports. "Or give me another reason why the sky is blue on this NY night!"

"*Not* aliens. Blown transformer at Queens Con-Ed facility", Eric Phillips, the mayor's press secretary, tweeted, "Scattered power outages, including LGA".

'The transformer explosion in Astoria was. right outside my window, ' he said.

However, the bright blue beams that lit up the sky certainly caught the attention of nearby residents, who shared the shocking images on Twitter.

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