Manhattan Goes Dark: Major Power Outage Hits NYC On Anniversary Of 1977 Great Blackout

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Exactly 42 years after a massive blackout caused by a lightning strike at an electrical substation plunged New York City into darkness for 25 hours (with looters raiding 1,600 stores and over a thousand fires set across the city)…

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Manhattan is tonight in darkness as a widespread power outage has disrupted traffic lights, plunging several subway stations, businesses and tourist centers all across Midtown and Upper West Side into darkness as night falls.

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Several subway stations are blacked out…

Many people have reportedly been stuck in the elevators across the city’s high-rises.

The iconic giant monitors at the Times Square are also pitch black, with half of the area affected.

The cause of the power cuts has yet to be determined. ComEd utility company has so far only acknowledged that it was “responding to extensive outages,” providing no further details.

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Bars and restaurants are still open… so there’s that!

Some reports suggested a transformer fire and explosion could have caused to blackout as several witnesses hears a loud bang before the area went dark…

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