NYPD confirms it was a Con Edison transformer, not aliens, that lit up the New York sky and caused multiple blackouts
Some New Yorkers may have gotten a bit of a scare Thursday evening when they looked up and saw a bright blue light in the sky. The strange light caused speculation from Ghost Busters to extraterrestrials.
Some took to Twitter to find answers:
so anyone catch those creepy lights over Queens just now 👀👽pic.twitter.com/TPh8BL5QbZ
— Complex (@Complex) December 28, 2018
Blue smoke in Queens means a new Mets owner has been elected. pic.twitter.com/Ign059WCtH
— JB (@JB_August) December 28, 2018
Ultimately, they found that the cause of the light was due to a Con Edison transformer explosion and an electrical fire that gave off the bright blue glow. Still, the NYPD had to put to rest any concerns of alien invaders.
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) December 28, 2018
The explosions sparked multiple outages across New York City and a few airports including Laguardia.
Transformers are directors of energy flowing through an electricity generation system. So damage that makes the transformer unable to regulate its temperature makes those transformers more vulnerable to exploding or catching fire.
While some Queens residents lost power temporarily, many were relieved that New York City was not getting attacked by aliens and the apocalypse was not coming.
Alex Gilmore has been a senior writer for ElectricityRates.com for four years. He has a passion for everything energy, especially improvements in the renewable energy industry and how to make energy more affordable for everyone.