The electrical explosion left one Queens resident Spencer Pesce, thinking “hostile” aliens were about to invade, so he grabbed a samurai sword.
“I ran into my parents’ room and shouted, ‘Get up, it’s happening!’” said Spencer Pesce, who lives close to Con Edison’s Astoria substation at 20th Avenue and 32nd Street. “I swear to God, I thought it was aliens. It also looked like a nuke attack.”
“I looked outside and it was as bright as day. It was flashing blue,” Pesce said. “And there was like a humming, like a giant machine starting up, you know, like a giant alien spaceship starting up like what you see in the movies.”