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originally posted by: Wookiep
Similar thing happened in Louisiana yesterday. Is someone trying to take the grid down? Hmm just seems strange. Both were HUGE and went on for a long while.
It is thought the blue aura was caused by a shorted-out power line, which can occur when live wires touch each other, grounded objects or the earth itself. A 'power flash', as it is known, can be a combination of blue, green, turquoise and orange, originating from damaged electrical equipment causing arcing electrical discharges to light up the sky. There were no injuries in the blast, the fire was quickly contained, and many saw the lighter side of the mystifying incident. The NYPD jokingly confirmed that aliens had not invaded, while others shared memes comparing scenes from science-fiction films.
originally posted by: 2012newstart
Transformers are known to explode, although not so often. This Thing is Not a transformer, or are there 20 transformers exploding at once?
And why it didn't happen in the day? There wouldn't be any aurora. It was meant to be seen and to make the headlines.
Super weapon or Aliens. Aliens may sound weird, but in a weird word one could expect weird things to happen.
LaGuardia Airport resumed normal full operations overnight after an electrical emergency at a Con Edison substation in Queens lit the night sky across much of New York City and spawned a flurry of social media reaction. The NYPD says a transformer exploded at the utility company’s facility in Astoria shortly after 9 p.m. on Thursday, reports CBS’2 Natalie Duddridge.
Failure mode insulation: if you have voids or gaps in your insulation and you have 4kV of voltage, then any spot or pollution can effectively reduce the amount of space it takes to make an arc (called creepage). Once the arc starts, it ionizes the air which lowers the resistance further and the spark becomes bigger. This ionization of the air is the boom you hear.