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What's that blue light in the sky? New Yorkers puzzled by eerie glow

A transformer explosion at an electric power station in the New York City borough of Queens on Thursday that lit up the sky led police officials to warn people to avoid the area. Officials said no one was injured.

Transformer explosion and fire at a Queens power station to blame

A strange blue light over New York was caused by a transformer explosion and fire at a Queens power plant. (Jay Reeves/Associated Press)

A transformer explosion at an electric power station in the New York City borough of Queens on Thursday led police officials to warn people to avoid the area, after social media users posted images of a bright light on the horizon.

"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.

"The fire is under control, will update as more info becomes available."

Dozens of people posted photos and video of the strange glow. 

The New York Police Department's 114th precinct, which patrols the area, said in a message on Twitter that people should avoid the area around the power plant.

Con Edison confirmed there had been a fire at a power substation in Queens, saying on Twitter that it was working with the New York Fire Department and would provide further details later.

The fire department later confirmed there were no injuries. 

The explosion impacted subway service in the area and caused a brief ground stop at LaGuardia Airport, which experienced power outages.

Power had been largely restored to LaGuardia by 11 p.m. ET and the airport was resuming normal operations. Travellers were still asked to check with their carriers for updated flight information.

With files from The Associated Press

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