On Thursday, December 27, the sky over Queens lit up a bright, flashing blue. Thankfully, the truth is out there.
So, what actually happened was an electric emergency at a Queens Con Edison substation. New York officials are still investigating the event, but we at least have the basics figured out. Basically, an explosion caused a big ball of light to hover over Queens. Confusion over the event has given way to concern, relief– and yeah, lots of alien jokes.
We've got the full story below. Check out what happened, and how people are reacting to it. Because everyone, from the mayor of New York to Twitter comedians, had something to say!
Last night, a blue fireball lit up Astoria, NYC.
This was the sky in Astoria tonight. Lights rapidly flickered on and off. Then an icy blue sky. LOTS of sirens g… https://t.co/9NxS9hccYR— Paul P. Murphy (@Paul P. Murphy)1545963778.0
A transformer exploded. No, not that kind of transformer.
Investigating a transformer explosion at Astoria East & North Queens Con Ed power plant. Please avoid 20th Ave & 31 st.— NYPD 114th Precinct (@NYPD 114th Precinct)1545964322.0
Descriptions of the event seem pretty rattling.What would you do in a situation like that?
The explosion also caused scattered power outages.
via: GettyIn fact, LaGuardia Airport temporarily suspended its operations. However, the airport was back up and running by 11 p.m. (2 hours later).
It was pretty scary, in the moment.
Thought it was all over. #Astoria https://t.co/16QifF3pJt— Joe Santagato (@Joe Santagato)1545967850.0
People began posting to social media, looking for answers.
Did something just happen at Con Edison? All the lights went out and then came back and there is a blue light and s… https://t.co/kA6aktesLE— Frederick Joseph (@Frederick Joseph)1545963679.0
Here's an even closer look at the fireball:
Con Ed is blowing up in Astoria!! #astoria #conedison https://t.co/fWSDdDnK2c— Christopher N. Okada (@Christopher N. Okada)1545964373.0
The blue fireball dissipated as suddenly as it appeared.
this is how FAST the sky went from light to dark .. #nyc #Astoria https://t.co/S0imPwGdSO— angie ✨ (@angie ✨)1545964891.0
The NYPD reported no injuries, thankfully.
Confirming incident in #Astoria was result of transformer explosion. No injuries, no fire, no evidence of extraterr… https://t.co/xJhTEfKIcn— NYPD NEWS (@NYPD NEWS)1545970149.0
New York's mayor also kept people appraised of the situation.
What we know: - Light was caused by electrical surge at a substation. - No current fire, no injuries. - MTA has… https://t.co/EwJZLmw6eG— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@Mayor Bill de Blasio)1545967810.0
Some did not see the humor in the situation.
Everyone is making jokes but all of us in Astoria and Queens were outside thinking we were all getting bombed. 😕 #Queens— Frederick Joseph (@Frederick Joseph)1545964182.0
But others responded to the drama with some choice jokes.
I've never seen the Astoria Borealis before in my life. What a shock.... @ConEdison https://t.co/vrMfwkzWOa— Benjamin Passikoff (@Benjamin Passikoff)1545964445.0
A blue-lit NYC is the prime time for Ghostbusters references.
The New York sky tonight confirming there is no Dana only Zuul #ghostbusters https://t.co/ceEu6m9ATa— Joe Auriemma (@Joe Auriemma)1545964788.0
Gozer the Gozarian making its appearance. Be on the lookout for a giant walking marshmallow man. #ghostbusters https://t.co/PW4fWEVVnG— NickLoffer (@NickLoffer)1545963845.0
Think of this as a glimpse into an alternate universe.
We just found out what Twitter would have looked like if the Ghostbusters movies happened in real life.— Rob Carlson (@Rob Carlson)1545964251.0
Everybody stopped and stared.
everyone in New York right now, staring out their windows because they've clearly forgotten the plot of Independenc… https://t.co/3GbZUbx4H8— LH (@LH)1545967215.0
Others hoped this was the real-life equivalent of a radioactive spider bite.
congrats on your new superpowers astoria residents— anna borges (@anna borges)1545965441.0
Anyway, this whole thing was probably just a cover-up.
One of the kids pointed out: “transformer explosion” is *exactly* the cover story they’d give after the climactic b… https://t.co/STNeFhncvE— James Poniewozik (@James Poniewozik)1545964567.0
In fact, 'Avengers' is a pretty popular theory.That fireball definitely looked like the kind of alarming spectacle that the Avengers unintentionally cause in every movie.
Some minds went elsewhere.
You: a giant transformer blew in Astoria Me: https://t.co/38tsKQ0MUn— David Teicher? (@David Teicher?)1545964483.0
Or maybe this was an overblown baby shower.
Astoria got one of the craziest gender reveals #queens https://t.co/05HDEGJBQn— j (@j)1545964300.0
And some people went right for the alien invasion.
I’m in #Astoria queens and this mother fucker just showed up at my local bodega https://t.co/pTKNK06x86— McThanos (@McThanos)1545964854.0
All in all, people were pretty chill about the possibility of aliens.Even going to far as to edit aliens into the footage themselves!
Well, the aliens won't have it easy.
“Oh for fuck’s sake” - the aliens who landed in Astoria looking at the subway map— Patrick Monahan (@Patrick Monahan)1545973266.0
And the consensus is that peoples' reactions very much fit the 2018 mood.
Folks on twitter reacting without surprise to the prospect of an alien invasion in NYC is peak 2018.— Katy Tur (@Katy Tur)1545967746.0
Maybe it was a religious event.The epicenter of Catholicism is now Queens, NY, apparently.
It made for some interesting photo opportunities.
me posing after the transformer in Astoria blew up https://t.co/oDCYliR3la— T. Kyle 🏳️🌈 (@T. Kyle 🏳️🌈)1545968294.0
The Citizen app was blowing up.
A transformer blew up in Astoria and there was a crazy light in the sky which is providing for great Citizen app co… https://t.co/0P5lq7zDGk— ali (@ali)1545964438.0
Conspiracy theories blew up, too.It's always the government, isn't it? Just toss this event in with Area 51.
But the investigation in ongoing.
Weird flex, NYC, but okay. #Astoria— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈)1545964819.0