New York's Skyline Suddenly Lit Up With A Blue Glow

Street in Astoria Queens after a transformer fire at a nearby Con Ed plant.             
    Jeanmarie Evelly

The blast prompted a brief fire at a sprawling Con Edison facility in Queens, but no injuries, and a spectacular illumination of the NY skyline that generated a flurry of online commentary.

Residents left their homes as the black sky turned neon blue, with several telling the Guardian they thought they were witnessing an alien invasion.

Con Edison blamed the massive flash on a "brief electrical fire" at one of its substation in Astoria, just 5 miles northeast of the Empire State Building.

Video posted on social media shows the sky glowing a light blue color as an explosion could be seen off in the distance.

PHOTO: The NYPD is investigating a transformer explosion that caused the sky to turn blue above New York City Thursday night.

Drew Gemini tweeted: "Aliens have landed in Astoria?"

Say, NYC, wtf was this? "It lasted a couple of minutes".

"We're working with the @FDNY to respond a substation fire in Astoria and will provide updates as soon as we have more information", Con Edison wrote on Twitter.

"There was this HUGE blue light in the sky and it was making this wild electricity noise", one person tweeted.

LaGuardia Airport has been temporarily closed due to a power outage resulting from the transformer explosion, officials said.

After a stoppage because of the power failure, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said in a tweet that the No. 7 train had resumed making all stops but warned of "extensive delays" in both directions.

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