NYC Fire Wire confirmed it was a transformer explosion at Astoria East & North Queens Con Ed power plant to emit the unusual blue light all across Queens and New York City. The NYPD said the transformer exploded at the utility company’s facility in Astoria shortly after 9pm local time (2am GMT) A police advisory reads: “The lights you have seen throughout the city appear to have been from a transformer explosion at a Con Ed facility in Queens.

“The fire is under control, will update as more info becomes available.”

The fire was put out quickly and according to authorities there are no reported injuries.

However, this did not stop spectators from sharing videos and pictures of the flashing light and speculating on social media.

One Twitter user said: “The Sky in New York City is blue tonight.

“At first I thought the aliens have arrived on earth but nope it has been confirmed to be a power plant transformer by multiple sources.”

Another one added: “Something exploded in New York making the sky look beautiful.

“Whether it was aliens, a mad scientist, a kid getting super powers, or an iPhoneX exploding I am ready for the government to cover it up.”

Dave Moran, who witnessed the light, told “It started about 9:10pm EST (2.10am GMT)

“Didn’t know what to think.

“Never have seen anything like that before.

“You start to try and figure out what it can be, but nothing made sense.

“I didn’t know whether to grab a bible or my car keys, but


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