Blue Light in the Sky Over New York City was ‘not aliens’: officials
An explosion at a Con Edison facility in Astoria, Queens, sent a gigantic flash of blue light across the city sky Thursday night, causing power outages and stalling trains. Incredibly, there were no immediate reports of injuries.
“Damn, I thought a UFO hit Con Ed,” Astoria resident Joe Calderone said. “I thought the world was ending.”
Mayor de Blasio’s office said the sudden bolt of lightning was caused by an electrical surge at a substation — and added, tongue in cheek, that, no, there was no threat from outer space. “*Not* aliens,” de Blasio spokesman Eric Phillips tweeted. “Blown transformer at Queens Con-Ed facility. Scattered power outages, including LGA.”
The NYPD also weighed in, tweeting that there was “no evidence of extraterrestrial activity.”
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