- New York’s sky glowed bright blue on Thursday night.
- The eerie, alien-like light was due to an explosion at a Con Edison facility in Queens.
- Police said that no one was injured and there was “no evidence of extraterrestrial activity.”
- Video footage shows the city lit up like something from a movie.
An explosion at a New York City power plant turned the sky in parts of the city an eerie, alien-like shade of blue.
The New York Police Department tweeted on Thursday night that it was investigating an incident at a Con Edison facility in Queens. Both the NYPD and the facility confirmed that the light was the result of a transformer explosion.
“Confirming incident in #Astoria was result of transformer explosion,” the NYPD tweeted, adding that it could find no signs of alien life. “No injuries, no fire, no evidence of extraterrestrial activity.”
Twitter users who shared video of the eerie sky noted that it looked like aliens, or something out of a film:
— Daniel Fietta (@FiettaD) December 28, 2018
— Alexandra – plain and simple ???? (@alexx2a77) December 28, 2018
My buddy sent me this video from Astoria. That weird blue sky is an explosion at a power plant is queens according to several news outlets. WOW! It looks like something out of a movie. #explosion #NYC #Queens pic.twitter.com/fqwB5o3nXZ
— Pedro Rivera (@PedroRiveraTV) December 28, 2018
Say, NYC, wtf was this? pic.twitter.com/14Udgs0SFt
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) December 28, 2018
bro the aliens are in new york pic.twitter.com/te1nC85NKp
— t (@krxsemann) December 28, 2018
The NYPD’s 114th Precinct said early on Friday morning that the explosion was “determined to be a non-suspcicious equipment malfunction” and asked people to avoid the area.
Some video captured the scene close to the explosion:
Looks like a transformer at the Con Ed plant blew. Fire seems to be out now. Is everyone ok? pic.twitter.com/lydIkhYMy5
— Lorraine Klimowich (@MsKlimowich) December 28, 2018
While others show the eerie blue sky in other parts of the city:
This was the sky in Astoria tonight. Lights rapidly flickered on and off. Then an icy blue sky. LOTS of sirens going off right now. pic.twitter.com/eTdmfwH5og
— Paul P. Murphy (@murphy) December 28, 2018
Blue skies in New York, what’s going on? ???? pic.twitter.com/yBPKeYeh44
— Andres Rios (@andressrrios) December 28, 2018
The city of New York is going wild ???????????????? pic.twitter.com/m0gkgd4oEa
— D-SWERVO ⛽️ (@DerrickShippy) December 28, 2018
— Jānis Lībeks (@JanisLibeks) December 28, 2018
The NYPD said that the incident was under control. It did not stop one woman from asking Twitter to “call the Ghostbusters.”
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