MANHATTAN – New York City may be the city that never sleeps, but don’t mess with an Upper East Sider’s shut eye. Neighbors are furious after a series of loud booms— described by witnesses as fireworks— blasted into the night’s sky— rattling a stretch of the UES Tuesday morning.
“At first thought it was the Con Edison plant (located between East 74th and 75th Streets), so [I] was worried as [the] noise was more like an explosion,” said Eileen, who was woken by the blast at 3:00 am.
“When I raised the window shade, I saw the white remnants of what looked like fireworks that were trickling down,” she told Upper East Site.
Heard as far north as East 80th Street and Third Avenue to the west, the series of booms gave neighbors a rude awakening from their sleep— many of them fearing the worst and turning to social media for answers.
“Nothing wakes you up faster than hearing consecutive booms over your head, followed by sirens,” said Francesca Monet Calo,“[I] legit thought something worse was happening.”
“They were so close to our window and scared the shit out of us,” said Brittany, who lives with her husband and dog on the 22nd floor of a high-rise near East 73rd Street and York Avenue.
“[We] truly thought it was bombs falling from the sky,” she added.
A photo shared with Upper East Site shows firefighters were called out to the scene around 3:15 am, however, crews left shortly thereafter. The FDNY couldn’t provide any further details.
Upper East Site reached out to the NYPD as well, but more information wasn’t immediately available.