New Yorkers were treated on Thursday night to a weird light show over Astoria, Queens. Pictures and video started to appear on Twitter, and a lot of people seemed to think it was either an explosion or a transformer fire at Con Edison.
Did something just happen at Con Edison? All the lights went out and then came back and there is a blue light and smoke where the grid is in Astoria. pic.twitter.com/jOKH2d3AzJ
— Frederick Joseph (@FredTJoseph) December 28, 2018
Shortly afterward, Con Edison’s official Twitter account tweeted that it was “a sustained electrical arc flash & transmission disturbance” caused by an electrical fault. Sure, okay.
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. Photo: Wall Street Journal. #Queens #Astoria pic.twitter.com/c6chBF4BFL
— Con Edison (@ConEdison) December 28, 2018
But that didn’t stop people on Twitter from sharing their own ideas about what the mysterious blue light really was.
Like maybe aliens?
Let’s be real. Even if it was aliens the NYPD and Men In Black would never tell us it was aliens. They’d say it was a transformer explosion at Con Ed.
— Nathan H. Rubin (@NathanHRubin) December 28, 2018
Even aliens would last in the news cycle two days tops https://t.co/TE6FGBMbaJ
— Jill Twiss (@jilltwiss) December 28, 2018
Or time travelers?
Best case scenario someone is time traveling back to 1945 to stop Trump’s parents from fucking https://t.co/Q1rmoIhceK
— Jess Dweck (@TheDweck) December 28, 2018
Twitter had a zillion funny ideas.
I lost my virginity in Astoria. I’m totally spitballing here but could it have something to do with that? https://t.co/HJ4XSKuL2O
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) December 28, 2018
Seymour the borough of Queens is on fire!
No mother, it’s just a transformer explosion
— BILL OAKLEY (@thatbilloakley) December 28, 2018
pretty standard that new york would get the best part of the apocalypse before the rest of us https://t.co/XCFmPdU9ZM
— Anne T. Donahue (@annetdonahue) December 28, 2018
— Holly Figueroa O’Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) December 28, 2018
A dark hole appears in the center of the radiant blue clouds, and a solitary figure descends to Earth. He seems confused, and bends his neck to take in the whole of the New York skyline.
“Where am I?,” Nikola Tesla asks. “Did the experiment work?” https://t.co/TbWuZsJsq1
— Aaron Mahnke (@amahnke) December 28, 2018
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— 𝐢𝐳𝐳𝐲 🍒 (@polygraphloki) December 28, 2018
— JT Chan (@jtchan77) December 28, 2018
The blue sky over Astoria showed us what the world will look like when the sun is inevitably replaced with a LED light.
— April Lavalle (@imatoofbrush) December 28, 2018
Some fool has clearly activated the Seal of Orichalcos!!! https://t.co/7vYbIQC9So
— LittleKuriboh (@yugiohtas) December 28, 2018
To everyone posting their exact view of the blue light in NYC: I now know exactly where you live and how much money you have.
— Max Silvestri (@maxsilvestri) December 28, 2018
And even the governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, got in on the jokes.
There is no truth to rumors of an alien invasion in Astoria. But we did find this unusual piece of evidence… pic.twitter.com/CBBu1lYurN
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) December 28, 2018
The NYPD clarified that there was “no evidence of extraterrestrials” but it’s up to you whether you choose to believe that or not.