City Council To Question Con Ed About What Caused ‘Astoria Borealis’

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The New York City Council will hold a hearing Monday to determine what caused December’s so-called “Astoria Borealis.”

A malfunction at a Con Ed substation in Queens created an arc flash of blue light that could be seen for miles.

As CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis reports, it took over the New York City skyline and people’s imaginations.

“I thought aliens were landing. It was all kinds of noise,” Astoria resident David Brown said. “You think nuclear war maybe, you think North Korea or something. You really don’t know what’s going on.”

“It looked apocalyptic. It was crazy,” another man added.

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