Blackout: New York Outage, Exactly 42 Years Since Last Big One

Power has gradually been restored to Midtown Manhattan and the theater district after what New York City officials described as a rolling blackout that darkened Times Square and other high-traffic areas on Saturday night.

Officials said all power should be restored to the 73,000 customers affected by the outage by midnight ET. Local media reported no major incidents of disturbance or injuries amid the blackout that began around 7 p.m. ET.
EARLIER: A massive power outage crippled New York Saturday, leaving some people stranded as elevators stopped and subway services stalled.

The New York Fire Department said that the outage was caused by a transformer fire, leaving much of Rockefeller Center and the Upper West Side powerless. The blackout also affected a number of Broadway productions including “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” “Hadestown,” “Lion King,” “Ain’t Too Proud,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and “The Cher Show,” which were all canceled. Several other shows were delayed.

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