“Astoria Borealis” Occurs As New York’s Ailing Infrastructure Leads to Surprise Regional Light Show

Astoria Powerplant ExplosionAstoria Powerplant Explosion, photo from Twitter user Viking Gal

Just after 9pm on Thursday evening, an explosion occurred at a power plant in Astoria resulting in a glowing blue sky, which some have now dubbed the Astoria Borealis. According to NYPD, the flash of blue light was a result of an apparent transformer explosion at a Con Edison substation facility.

No injuries or damage have been reported. The utility company reported the explosion caused a transmission dip in the area after the fire involving some electrical transformers. The power outage closed La Guardia airport, temporarily grounding planes.

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4 Comments on "“Astoria Borealis” Occurs As New York’s Ailing Infrastructure Leads to Surprise Regional Light Show"

  1. Please pardon me for using your space: Turn up to me I think new development that radiate by light. But no.

  2. Aurora Astorialis would be more appropriate. “Aurora” refers to the lights; “Borealis” means Northern. There are also the Southern Lights (Aurora Australis).

  3. Victor Weinberger | December 28, 2018 at 3:29 pm | Reply

    Amazon hasn’t even moved in to Long Island City, and they already are draining power in Astoria and Long Island City. Wait till they move in. LOL

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