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Transformer explosion turns New York City skyline blue

NEW YORK — New Yorkers reported a strange blue light over Queens and power outages Thursday evening after a transformer explosion at a Con Edison power plant.

Blue lights were seen around the city and in New Jersey, according to WPIX. NYPD Chief Nilda Hofmann said police were investigating a transformer explosion at Astoria East and North Queens Con Ed power plant.

Multiple fires are taking place because a "couple of transformers tripped offline" at the intersection of 20th Avenue and 32nd Street, Con Edison spokesperson Bob McGee told CNN.

The fires were reportedly under control as of 9:40 p.m. local time.

“The NYPD and the FDNY are on scene at a Con Ed facility in Astoria where an apparent transformer explosion just lit up the sky over the city,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted. “As soon as we have more information, we will share it.”

The FDNY has received multiple calls of people with no power in the Astoria and Long Island City area, WPIX reported. No injuries have been reported.

Shortly after the explosion, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey closed La Guardia Airport for "airport inspection," the FAA said in an advisory posted to its website.

All FAA facilities at La Guardia are on generator power and there was no interruption to air traffic control, FAA spokesman Greg Martin said.

All terminals were impacted by the loss of commercial power, causing the FAA to issue a ground stop until at least 10:30 p.m. ET, including for aircraft bound for LGA.

This is a developing story and will be updated. Click here for the latest from WPIX. 

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