You can see ripples, i.e. beaming in the right part of this video, especially at the end.
mysterious blue light rising over Queens Thursday night sowed mass
confusion in the metropolis of nearly 9 million people as thousands
of city dwellers took to their social media feeds to express fears
that the aliens might have finally arrived...only to learn that the
source of the light was quite pedestrian.
to the effect, power in nearby homes flickered, the 7 train
experienced major service disruptions, Riker's Island was forced to
rely on backup generators and La Guardia airport was plunged into
to the NYPD and Con Edison,
a few transformers at the Con Ed substation on 20th Avenue and
32nd Street in Astoria tripped and caused a fire at a power,
which was described as the source of the eerie blue light. The fire
was quickly brought under control, but not before thousands of New
Yorkers took to the streets (or social media) to wonder what the hell
was going on, NBC
ADVISORY: The lights you have seen throughout the city appear to have been from a transformer explosion at a Con Ed facility in Queens. The fire is under control, will update as more info becomes available. Follow @fdny, @NYPD114pct and @conedison.
There was a brief electrical fire at our substation on 20th Avenue & 32nd Street in Astoria this evening, which caused a transmission dip in the area. All power lines serving the area are in service and the system is stable. Photo: Michael Friedl, New York Times