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Thu Dec 27, 2018, 10:42 PM

Video of extremely bright light/explosion(?) outside my apartment window just now

I have no idea what this is - but it lit the sky up almost like daytime for a couple minutes at 9:00pm and at the end went dark immediately - big contrast.


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Reply Video of extremely bright light/explosion(?) outside my apartment window just now (Original post)
Lucky Luciano Dec 2018 OP
Crutchez_CuiBono Dec 2018 #1
Sanity Claws Dec 2018 #2
jrthin Dec 2018 #3
The Velveteen Ocelot Dec 2018 #4
Lucky Luciano Dec 2018 #8
elleng Dec 2018 #5
democratisphere Dec 2018 #6
sabbat hunter Dec 2018 #10
byronius Dec 2018 #7
True Dough Dec 2018 #9

Response to Lucky Luciano (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2018, 10:44 PM

1. Looks like magnesium burning to me.

Power outage?

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Response to Lucky Luciano (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2018, 10:44 PM

2. Someone posted a few minutes that it was a substation blowing up

He didn't provide a site.

I'm still looking around for something.

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Response to Lucky Luciano (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2018, 10:45 PM

3. Holy cow, this can't be good. nt

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 27, 2018, 10:57 PM

8. That's it.

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Response to Lucky Luciano (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2018, 10:48 PM

5. Con Edison Transformer Fire In Queens Lights Sky, Social Media Ablaze

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Response to Lucky Luciano (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2018, 10:49 PM

6. Bet a lot of people will be without power.

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Response to democratisphere (Reply #6)

Fri Dec 28, 2018, 10:36 AM

10. Thankfully

power blinked momentarily when the initial explosion of the transformer happened, but no power loss here in Astoria. LGA lost power for a few minutes.
If this was summer time, when power usage is higher, there probably would have been blackouts/brownouts from the loss of the substation.

I live just a couple of blocks from the substation, heard the explosion, saw the fire from my block. The buzzing sound from the electric fire was loud. From the glow I thought that some towers were on fire or sparkling with electricity. But it was just a trick of the light.

Lots of NYPD, NYFD were on site very quickly. Con ed had trucks going in and out all night, bringing in parts, supplies to repair the transformer/substation.

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Response to Lucky Luciano (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2018, 10:50 PM

7. I once saw a transformer blow in Boulder that lit up the sky like it was daytime.

For a measurable length of time, too.

I thought it was apocaplyptic. But no, just electric.

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Response to Lucky Luciano (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2018, 11:00 PM

9. From another angle

(Warning: Profane language)

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