Flights Resume From LaGuardia After Mysterious Blue Glow

This photo shows blue light over New York, as seen from Manhattan. // Photo by AP Photo/Jay Reeves via Newscred

Flights have resumed from LaGuardia Airport in New York City after a transformer explosion in Queens lit up the sky with an eerie blue light and caused a power loss at the airport. 

According to the latest statement from the power company Con Edison, a Thursday evening electrical fire at the company’s substation on 20th Avenue & 32nd Street caused a transmission dip in the area. Service has since been restored. 

Officials at LaGuardia reported that power had been restored to all terminals by 10:59 p.m. local time Thursday. As of Friday morning, the airport was reporting normal flight activity and no reported on-airport traffic. 


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No major airlines have issued change waivers due to the incident. 

The explosion, which filled the area with bright blue light, reportedly caused quite a stir with local residents. According to NBC News 4, people on social media reported theories ranging from the end of the world to UFOs. 

“It did create a spectacular effect on the sky, and certainly caused a lot of concern,” Con Edison spokesperson Bob McGee told News 4. “The electrical fault on the 138,000 volt equipment caused a sustained electrical arc flash that was visible across a wide area. The affected equipment was isolated to a single section within the substation.”

No one was injured in the incident, Con Edison told News 4. 

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