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Con Ed Astoria plant’s electrical failure lights up sky, looks like 'Gozer the Gozerian'

“No injuries, no fire, no evidence of extraterrestrial activity,” the NYPD tweeted.

An electrical failure at an Astoria Con Edison plant knocked out power at LaGuardia Airport on Thursday night and lit up the night sky with flashes of bright blue light.

The “electrical fault,” or abnormality, happened at the plant near the corner of 20th Avenue and 32nd Street shortly after 9 p.m., causing an “electrical arc flash” that made the sky look blue, Con Ed said in a statement Friday morning. The company initially said there was “a brief electrical fire,” but it was quickly put under control.

“No injuries, no fire, no evidence of extraterrestrial activity,” the NYPD said in a tweet, after joking that it looked like “the arrival of Gozer the Gozerian.”

Shortly after the incident, photos and videos of the blue light flooded Twitter.

“What’s happening in New York!!? It’s 9pm and the sky is NEON BLUE,” one user wrote.

“I still think it's the start of an alien invasion (or an elaborate #AvengersEndgame marketing ploy?)” another wrote.

All the transmission lines affected by the fault were restored, Con Ed said.

The power at LaGuardia Airport was restored by about 11 p.m. Thursday, according to tweets from the airport. It was not immediately clear how many flights were delayed because of the outage.

The cause of the electrical fault was under investigation.


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