A transformer explosion at a power plant in Queens temporarily lit up the New York City skyline on Thursday night.
It happened shortly after 9 PM local time Thursday night (0200 GMT on Friday) at the Astoria East and North Queens Con Edison plant on 20th Avenue & 32nd Street in Astoria.
The explosions lit up the sky in shades of blue which were visible as far as Manhattan and New Jersey. The tremors shook buildings and rattled windows, sending people running into the streets.
New Yorkers reported seeing massive blue lights in the city following the explosion, and took to social media to share photos and videos.
Residents reported temporary power outages as a result of the explosion.
The NYPD says there have been no injuries.
The explosions temporarily closed LaGuardia Airport in Queens. No flights were allowed to take off between 9:22 and 10:23 p.m. ET, according to FlightAware, a flight tracking data company.
All the airport terminals were impacted by the loss of electricity, which forced the FAA to issue a temporary ground stop to all flights.
#BREAKING: A Con Edison transformer explodes and lights up the New York City skyline at the intersection of 20th Avenue and 32nd Street in Astoria, Queens. Greek correspondent Thanasis Tsitsas witnessed the explosion and recorded the dramatic footage below. No injuries have been reported according to FDNY.
Posted by Greek Reporter on Thursday, December 27, 2018