Residents of New York City and its surrounding areas may have noticed an eerie blue glow in the night sky last night, but this wasn’t signaling the arrival or Thanos. Electric utility company Con Edison is trying to figure out what caused its high-voltage equipment failure that cast an otherworldly flash of bright blue light over the city. Authorities reported police and fire department activity near 20th Avenue and 31st Street, the site of a large power plant in Astoria. Con Edison spokesman Bob McGee says it was an “arc flash” caused by malfunction in equipment that carries 138,000 volts of electricity 20 feet up in the air. Read more for another video and additional information.
Fortunately, the NYPD said the incident has been contained and no injuries have been reported. However, Laguardia Airport was temporarily closed due to the Con Ed transformer explosion, according to New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson.
“It was pitch black outside and then suddenly the whole side of the eastern sky was lighting up and changing colors. It lasted a couple of minutes,” said Madeleine Frank Reeves, who saw the lights from her Upper West Side apartment.