Alien invasion? Russian hackers? New York City skyline flickers in surreal neon blue (VIDEOS)
Neon blue streaks that could be seen from miles away over the Astoria neighborhood have scared New Yorkers, who were quick to post pictures of the alien-like shining. Some reported hearing humming and an unusual, psychedelic glow of colors.
Equally alarmed by the phenomenon, the city's authorities dispatched police units and fire trucks to the Consolidated Edison energy company plant in Queens, to deal with "an apparent transformer explosion," Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted, in an effort to quell public fears.Also on rt.com Watch up close the transformer blaze turn the New York skyline blue (VIDEOS)
People describe hearing a boom, feeling a vibration and seeing the sky turn green. Again —we are told it was a transformer explosion at a @ConEdison building in Astoria, Queens. I’m heading in that direction with my @CBSNewYork crew. Will update here. pic.twitter.com/gdGCjVWVfS— Jessica Layton (@JLaytonTV) December 28, 2018
"There are no injuries reported," the New York fire department said, noting that the situation is under control.
Otherworldly blue light flashing in the sky in New York City. The Russians? Aliens? Aurora Borealis? Called 911 and got an answering machine. Scary. #NYC#NYCBlueLight#BlueLight#BlueLightNYC#NYC311#ConED#NewYorkCity#NYCLights#BlueSkyNYCpic.twitter.com/vQ1gTcTfNb— @actor_nyc (@actor_nyc) December 28, 2018
The public is being advised to avoid the vicinity of the power plant on 20th Ave and 31st Street.
"The lights you have seen throughout the city appear to have been from a transformer explosion at a Con Ed facility in Queens. The fire is under control, will update as more info becomes available," the NYPD said.
The NYPD was also quick to reassure the public that aliens have not invaded the Big Apple.
The scattered power outage has also interrupted traffic at LaGuardia Airport, with only certain flights allowed to depart.
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Despite a fairly simple explanation for the strange blue light, many thought that an alien invasion had finally arrived in New York City. Others claimed that cutting-edge US technology and modern infrastructure could not have failed without the meddling of Russian hackers.
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