New Yorkers stunned by bright blue skies at night

Power company mishap turns New York’s skyline blue

A transformer explosion at the Consolidated Edison energy company has lit up the skies over NY city, shocking witnesses and prompting wild theories ranging from an alien invasion to a Russian cyber-attack on the power grid.

One resident, Joe Calderone, told the New York Post: "Damn, I thought a UFO hit Con Ed".

The explosion lit up the sky so brightly in neighborhoods like Astoria and Queens that it briefly appeared to be daytime, residents reported.

"No injuries, no fire, no evidence of extraterrestrial activity", the New York Police Department tweeted, adding later that the explosion was not suspicious. InsideEdition.com's Lisa Voyticki reports. Subsequent power outages caused a brief shutdown of LaGuardia Airport and local train services.

Con Edison initially tweeted Thursday that it was working with the New York Fire Department to "respond [to] a substation fire". Ladd said flight schedules at LaGuardia may be affected by the outage.

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

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

The fire broke out at a Con Edison plant in Queens at around 9 p.m. and was under control within the hour, police said.

It's not everyday that the night sky is lit up with pulsing blue light, so naturally, the internet had a field day with this event.

Another woman wrote on Twitter, "The sky is flickering out here so u know aliens #Astoria #nyc #newyorkcity #coned".

The power surge caused several streets to lose power as well as LaGuardia airport, grounding some flights.

Con Edison said it is investigating the incident.

Another Twitter user noted that people had been warned to change their ways: "What's happening in the sky in NY?"

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

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