An explosion at an electrical power substation in New York lit up the night sky with a bright blue glow on Thursday. Officials said nobody was injured in the fire that happened at a transformer run by Con Edison in Queens. But the explosion mystified New Yorkers sending them to social media to post images of the eerie, blue light, speculating the glow was from fireworks or an alien invasion.
>> First, I was in the kitchen, I was making tea. And then I look in my kitchen window, I saw something like explosion, a fire, like a ball of fire. Boom. One boom and then boom, boom, boom, boom, boom. One after another. Then I said to my husband, we are being attacked!
This is a terrorist attack! And then he looked at it, he said my god, it's Con Ed.>> New York's Police Department took to Twitter, saying the fire was under control. Con Edison also released a statement online, blaming the glow on a brief fire at one of their substations located in Astoria.
The company said all power lines servicing the area were in service and the electricity system was stable. Con Edison said the cause of the incident was being investigated. There was also a power outage at LaGuardia Airport on Thursday, that's also located in Queens. The airport outage caused some flight cancellations, but it wasn't immediately clear if the two events were related.
New York city mayor Bill de Blasio said power was returning at the airport, but that some travellers could expect delays.