Photo Credit: Redlegsfan21 from Vandalia, OH, United States, via Wikimedia

LaGuardia Airport was forced to reroute planes, cancel flights, delay others and move to emergency generators after a massive transformer exploded at a Con Ed substation in the borough of Queens at around 8 pm Thursday night, lighting up the sky over New York City.

Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted a rundown:


The explosion lit up the sky in blue colors over the neighborhood “for miles around, as far as Long Island,” said one eyewitness.

No injuries were reported, and by 11 pm power was partially restored at the airport.