Power plant explosion turns NYC sky neon blue, causes power outage at LaGuardia Airport

WNBC reported that residents were startled by blue light that flooded the sky Thursday night.

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UPDATE 11:20 p.m. EST Dec. 27: Con Edison said that power has been restored to the affected area and is stable.

“There was a brief electrical fire at our substation on 20th Avenue & 32nd Street in Astoria this evening, which caused a transmission dip in the area. All power lines serving the area are in service and the system is stable.”

Original report:

Electricity flickered off in some homes in the neighborhood, but there was a complete blackout at LaGuardia Airport.


Power has since been restored to the airport, but inbound flights had been held at their outbound airports, according to WNBCKABC reported that a ground stop was issued by the FAA, but runways have since appeared to be back up and running.

“Due to a power failure at #LGA, please allow extra time when coming to the airport,” the facility said in a tweet.

The airport also said that travelers should check with individual carriers about flight statuses. 

“There was a brief electrical fire at our substation in Astoria which involved some electrical transformers and caused a transmission dip in the area,” Con Edison said in a tweet. “We’re currently investigating the cause of the incident.”

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said there is no fire currently and no injuries, but there are delays on the  7 train subway.


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