Bright light in big city mystifies New Yorkers after Queens transformer fire

The night sky is alight as a Con Edison facility in the Queens borough of New York experiences a transformer explosion, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018, in New York. (AP)
Updated 28 December 2018
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Bright light in big city mystifies New Yorkers after Queens transformer fire

  • Many social media users posted videos and photos of the night sky over New York City illuminated by a bright light
  • “The light you have seen throughout the city appears to have been from a transformer explosion at a Con Ed facility in Queens,” the New York Police Department said

NEW YORK: A transformer explosion at an electric power substation in the New York City borough of Queens lit up the night sky with a bright blue light on Thursday, mystifying some residents, but officials said no one was injured in the incident.
“The light you have seen throughout the city appears to have been from a transformer explosion at a Con Ed facility in Queens,” the New York Police Department said in an advisory on to residents on Twitter.
“The fire is under control, will update as more info becomes available,” it said.
Many social media users posted videos and photos of the night sky over New York City illuminated by a bright light.
“Why is the sky lit up bright blue in Queens New York City right now? Is it fireworks?” Louis Santoro, a New York City resident, wrote on Twitter.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a message on Twitter no one was injured and that Con Edison was evaluating the extent of power outages in the area. He said the light was caused by an electrical surge at the substation.
Con Edison said on Twitter an electrical fire at a substation in the Astoria section of Queens caused a transmission dip in the area. The cause of the incident was being investigated, it said.
A power outage at LaGuardia Airport, which is located in Queens, prompted flight cancelations, the New York affiliate of NBC reported earlier on Thursday. It was not immediately clear if the two events were related.
Power was returning at LaGuardia Airport, de Blasio said, but travelers could expect delays.


Finland tops global happiness index for second consecutive year

Updated 20 March 2019
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Finland tops global happiness index for second consecutive year

  • The World Happiness Report ranks 156 countries by how happy their citizens see themselves to be
  • Happiness has declined the most drastically in the past ten years in the 108th placed Venezuela

HELSINKI: Finland has topped an index of the happiest nations for the second consecutive year, with researchers saying the small Nordic country has succeeded in generating a happiness recipe not simply dependent on economic wealth.
The World Happiness Report, produced by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, ranks 156 countries by how happy their citizens see themselves to be. It’s based on factors including economic wealth, life expectancy, social support and freedom to make life choices.
The index, published Wednesday, showed the other Nordic countries did well, with Denmark, Norway and Iceland taking the next spots.
The United States dropped from the 18th to 19th place.
Happiness has declined the most drastically in the past ten years in the 108th placed Venezuela, currently in political crisis.