‘Aliens’ descend on New York City as freakish power explosion confuses onlookers

Independence Day NYC

The New York City skyline lit up electric blue Thursday night, a spectacle that could be seen from as far as 25 miles away.

One writer on Twitter reiterated that aliens were not attacking the city: "Dear Twitter, the aliens have not arrived in NY". Residents in Astoria and Queens said the explosion was so bright, it was nearly as if it were daytime.

"No injuries, no fire, no evidence of extraterrestrial activity", the New York Police Department tweeted, adding later that the explosion was not suspicious.

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

Travellers at LaGuardia Airport, which is located in Queens, were treated to potential delays as well as a light show. Some power outages were being reported in the wake of the explosion, which was visible across much of the city.

The blast halted some departures at LaGuardia Airport, which according to Con Ed switched to backup generators. "The fire is under control, will update as more info becomes available", the NYPD said on Twitter. Authorities said the fire was under control.

The glow could be seen from Manhattan shortly after 9 p.m. Thursday following a "brief electrical fire" at the facility in the Northern Queens neighborhood, said Bob McGee, a spokesman for utility Consolidated Edison Inc.

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

Power resumed later in the night, BuzzFeed News reports.

The night sky turned blue across the city on Thursday when a transformer exploded at a Con Ed facility in Queens.

'The transformer explosion in Astoria was. right outside my window, ' he said.

"*Not* aliens", Mayor de Blasio spokesman Eric Phillips tweeted.

Con Edison said it is investigating the incident.

"I'm tight cause I KNOW someone just got superpowers from that blue light".

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