La Guardia lost power as a result of the explosion and all flights were grounded. NY police said the fire was under control as of 9:40 p.m. and no injuries were reported.
The blast prompted a brief fire at a sprawling Con Edison facility in Queens, but no injuries, and a spectacular illumination of the NY skyline that generated a flurry of online commentary.
NYPD Chief Terence Monahan confirmed there had been an explosion and that the fire was under control.
The blue light prompted a wave of commentary on social media, with New Yorkers joking about its origins. Additionally, power issues on the 7 Train have been resolved and the line is running local service.
Americans have been baffled by a mysterious blue light that illuminated the night sky in New York City.
The public is being advised to avoid the vicinity of the power plant on 20th Ave and 31st Street.
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"Due to a power outage in Queens, there is partial flight operations @LGAairport", airport officials said in a tweet.
The explosions temporarily closed La Guardia Airport in Queens.
"All power has been restored to normal". Con Ed is evaulating possible power outages.
"Electricity went out, then the explosion, my building humming and shaking, sky was lit up blue, green, and white", one resident said on Twitter.
And even the 43rd Precinct of the NYPD couldn't help but poke fun at the possible alien invasion.
Users posted video and photos of a bright light flashing and changing colors in the sky.