A wide swath of New York’s Manhattan borough was plunged into darkness after a transformer explosion knocked out the power.
It affected subways, stores and Broadway theaters, but the city’s main utility said it had restored most power within hours.
No deaths or injuries were reported due to the blackout, as it darkened a stretch of the city from West 42nd Street to West 72nd Street.
The outage occurred 42 years to the day from a major 1970s blackout that sparked looting and rioting in the United States’ most populous city.
By midnight, power had been restored to most of the customers who had lost it, said John McAvoy, chief executive of utility Con Edison. More than 73,000 homes and businesses lost power, officials said.
Shouts of celebration could be heard in parts of Manhattan as power was restored, bringing lights and air conditioners back to life.
Published: 14/07/2019 by Radio NewsHub