Major power outage plunges Manhattan into darkness

New York’s Times Square fell dark on Saturday night. The subway trains were halted and signals were knocked out as Manhattan was struck by a power cut. According to the New York Fire Department, the massive outage was caused by a transformer fire,

Massive power outage puts part of New York City in the dark for several hours © CBS News

  Power went out just after 6:45 p.m. Saturday in the Hell’s Kitchen, Upper West Side and Midtown West areas of Manhattan, according to officials.

  Officials say the affected area stretched from West 30th Street to West 72nd Street, between 12th and Fifth avenues.

 The MTA says power went out at four subway stations: 59th Street-Columbus Circle, 47th-50th Streets/Rockefeller Center, 5th Avenue-53rd Street and 34th Street-Hudson Yards.

  Saturday's blackout happened at a time when New York was using less power than usual, so the outage had nothing to do with demand on the electrical grid, according to officials.

    Authorities scrambled to restore electricity to Manhattan following a power outage which darkened marquees in the theatre district and left businesses without electricity.

  Power has gradually been restored to Midtown Manhattan and the theater district.

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