Electricity or Extraterrestrials? An Eerie Glow in the Sky Halted All Activity in New York City Last Night

Friday, 28 December 2018 - 12:49PM
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Friday, 28 December 2018 - 12:49PM
Electricity or Extraterrestrials? An Eerie Glow in the Sky Halted All Activity in New York City Last Night
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We always knew that New York City would be the first to go when the aliens finally decided to attack. Last night the city that never sleeps found itself in the middle of a nightmare as the skies over Queens began in glow blue-green. Witnesses in just about every borough pointed their smartphones upwards to capture the light show. It was clearly not natural and definitely not a space launch, so did millions of people actually witness an invasion and live to talk about it on social media? Not exactly.

Dozens of clips and photos hit the internet simultaneously, turning the event into one of the most talked about things on Twitter and Instagram. As usual, the theories came with the content, as those closest to the source reported not only seeing the crazy glow but also experiencing flickering lights, "hearing a boom" and "feeling a vibration."




According to reports, the intense spectacle was the result of an explosion in the Ditmars area of Queens at a substation operated by the electrical company Con Edison. "We're working with the [New York City Fire Department] to respond to a substation fire in Astoria and will provide updates as soon as we have more information," Con Edison wrote in a tweet during the excitement. A spokesperson for the company told CNN that the glow was an "arc flash" and not a fire. ConEd elaborated in a follow-up tweet that the station was located in Astoria at 20th Avenue & 32nd Street. "Last night's electrical fault caused a sustained electrical arc flash & transmission disturbance. There were no injuries and all the power lines serving the area are stable. We apologize for the disruption to customers." The New York Police Department also issued a statement on Twitter, confirming that transformers had exploded and that there was "no injuries, no fire, no evidence of extraterrestrial activity."

Customers (including Laguardia Airport) experienced outages as Con Edison worked to repair the damage, but power has reportedly been restored.

It's refreshing to know that if aliens do strike NYC, the people of the great city will notice but they won't panic and become hysterical.

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