A massive power outage on a hot Saturday night in Manhattan, New York, brought the curtain down on Broadway shows and packed streets with people wielding cellphones as flashlights amid a cacophony of sirens and horns from stalled traffic.
The outage happened on the anniversary of a 1977 blackout that left most of New York City without power.
The blackout affected also 73,000 customers for more than three hoursas it hits the subway system, closing four Manhattan stations to the public — Columbus Circle, Rockefeller Center, Hudson Yards and Fifth Avenue at 53rd Street.
Officials explained that a problem at a substation caused the power failure, which stretched 30 blocks from Times Square to 72nd Street and Broadway and spread to Rockefeller Center. Electricity was later restored to customers and businesses in midtown Manhattan and the Upper West Side by around midnight.
According to a statement from the utility, the exact cause of the blackout would not be known until an investigation is completed.
In the theater district, the darkness fell just before evening performances were set to begin. Most Broadway musicals and plays canceled their Saturday evening shows, though some cast members staged impromptu performances in the street.