Manhattan Loses Power Over Weekend, Mayor Not In Town


The lights on Broadway and Times Square in New York went dark Saturday night after an electrical grid failure caused subways, theaters and 73,000 residents to go without any electricity for five hours. A reported malfunction at an electrical substation set off a chain of disturbances in the grid according to the utility company ConEdison.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was nowhere to be found during the confusion and stress on Saturday night as he was campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination when the lights went out.

He eventually made it back to New York late Saturday night and was active on Twitter making sure residents understood what was going on. He also made the announcement that a full investigation as to what caused the outage was underway.

Officials definitively ruled out either cyber or physical acts of terrorism of any kind.