Published: Fri, December 28, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

NY transformer explosion lights up sky, causes power outages

NY transformer explosion lights up sky, causes power outages

The odd sight was caused by an explosion at the Astoria power plant in Queens.

The fire department later added that there were "no injuries reported".

Photos posted onto social media showed a bright light burning as it was followed by a unusual, wispy trail.

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.

The NYPD is asking people to avoid the area of 20th Avenue and 31st Street in Astoria while they investigated the transformer explosion at the Con Edison power plant in Astoria East and North Queens.

La Guardia Airport was closed temporarily as the explosion was brought under control.

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"Electricity went out, then the explosion, my building humming and shaking, sky was lit up blue, green, and white", one resident said on Twitter. The ground stop lasted about 45 minutes.

Reports said the fire at the Con Edison facility in Astoria in Queens, New York had been contained.

A power outage at LaGuardia Airport, which is located in Queens, prompted flight cancellations, the NY affiliate of NBC reported earlier on Thursday.

"The lights you have seen throughout the city appear to have been from a transformer explosion at a Con Ed facility in Queens", the NYPD tweeted, referring to the Consolidated Edison utility.

Public transportation is running, but the 7 train is experiencing delays, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Twitter.

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