NY awe-struck as sky over Queens turns blue

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- Residents of northwest Queens reported hearing loud bangs and seeing a very bright blue light flashing on the city's skyline Thursday night.

One resident, Joe Calderone, told the New York Post: "Damn, I thought a UFO hit Con Ed". Turns out the light emanated from an electrical power plant run by Con Edison in Astoria, Queens.

After a stoppage because of the power failure, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said in a tweet that the No. 7 train had resumed making all stops but warned of "extensive delays" in both directions.

Con Edison also headed to Twitter to explain there had been an electrical fire at their Astoria substation, involving some of the electrical transformers.

The explosion spawned a lot of social media reaction and led to a power outage necessitating the temporary shutdown at LaGurdia Airport.

Spectators were mesmerized by the bright flashes of blue that illuminated the cloudy night sky.

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The official line on the blue light phenomena is that at around 9:12 p.m. Thursday night there was an electrical surge, followed by an explosion, at a Con Edison substation in Astoria, Queens.

Reports soon came in that La Guardia had lost power and that the airport had closed as a result. "The fire is under control, will update as more info becomes available", the NYPD said.

In what looked like brightness from a different world, the NY skies on Thursday turned a deep shade of blue.

Substations transform electricity that comes in from power plants at high voltage down to lower voltage levels, and send it on for use.

"It's "*Not a href="https://twitter.com/EricFPhillips/status/1078482431693475840" *tweeted Eric Phillips, a spokesman for Mayor Bill de Blasio. The video included below shows the light flickering in the sky for a number of minutes.

The cause of the incident was being investigated.

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