New York City blue light: Residents baffled by mysterious glow

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An electrical transformer explosion at a Con Edison facility in Queens turned the New York City sky an eerie electric blue Thursday night, prompting a flurry of concern on social media from the city's residents.

People took to social media to post pictures of the eerily coloured sky.

Nearby LaGuardia Airport grounded all flights for about 30 minutes in order to do an airport inspection, according to the FAA.

The source of the bluish light was apparently a transformer explosion, the NYPD said.

A still from a video shows a fire at the Con Edison facility in Queens. The MTA has power, "but there are delays on the 7 train", he tweeted. "We're now investigating the cause of the incident", Con Edison tweeted.

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Authorities are investigating an apparent power plant explosion.

"The light you have seen throughout the city appear to have been from a transformer explosion at a Con Ed facility in Queens", the New York Police Department said in an advisory on Twitter to local residents. Con Ed is evaulating possible power outages.

Fire officials said they were fielding numerous calls for reports of explosions in the Long Island City and Astoria areas. De Blasio's spokesman Eric Phillips tweeted that "scattered" power outages were reported elsewhere.

The airport urged people to check their flight status with their carrier, saying "Many flights are departing, some are not".