A MAJOR power outage in New York last night saw Manhattan ground to a halt – EXACTLY 42 years after a major blackout in 1977.

Broadway shows were postponed and subway trains were stuck in eerie darkened stations as electricity went down at around 7:00pm local time (12:00am BST).

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Huge swathes of New York City were plunged into darkness last night after a major power outage in Midtown Manhattan[/caption]

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Tourists are stunned as parts of the famously glitzy Times Square are plunged into darkness following a major blackout[/caption]

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Some screens on Times Square remained working while the wider Midtown Manhattan area was shrouded in darkness[/caption]

More than 40,000 customers were without power in the busy Midtown district of Manhattan – home to dozens of theatres and the Times Square tourist hotspot.

Social media users uploaded thousands of images of blacked-out traffic lights – and an unusually dark Times Square.

Restaurants were plunged into darkness and businesses reported lifts being stuck in skyscrapers as many turned to emergency power for back-up.

Traffic lights blinked off up and down the avenues, and apartment residents wound up stuck in their homes.

Members are responding to reports of numerous stuck elevators that are occupied, but there are currently no patients reported

Fire Department of New York

Power also went out at much of the famous Rockefeller Center and reached the Upper West Side.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority – which runs New York’s subways – tweeted that there were outages at various underground stations.

New York Fire Department officials confirmed the outage was caused by an electricity transformer fire at West 64th Street and West End Avenue.

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The Upper West Side of the Manhattan borough of New York was also plunged into darkness[/caption]

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The Plaza Hotel, 59th Street and 5th Avenue, during the widespread power outage[/caption]

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People waiting for buses because the train service is down throughout Manhattan[/caption]

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Kind Samaritans guide traffic at an intersection during the blackout
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The FDNY said: “Members are responding to reports of numerous stuck elevators that are occupied, but there are currently no patients reported.”

Con Edison – the energy company that supplies power to the city – is investigating the cause of the blackout.

A Con Edison’s outage map showed it crippled a broad stretch of Manhattan west of 5th Avenue, from W 42nd Street to W 72nd.

ANNIVERSARY OF BLACKOUT

It comes exactly 42 years to the day – and very nearly to the hour – since a famous blackout plunged New York into darkness on July 13, 1977.

Power went out throughout the city after a severe thunderstorm destroyed crucial power lines.

LOOTING AND RIOTS

It led to widespread looting and rioting – with 1,616 stores damaged and fire crews responding to 1,037 blazes.

Police made the largest mass arrest in the city’s history – cuffing 3,776 people who were then stuffed into overcrowded cells, basements and makeshift pens.

The estimated damage caused to the city was put at $300million – equivalent to $1.2 billion (£950m) today.

LaGuardia and JFK airports were closed down for about eight hours – while tunnels were closed because of lack of ventilation.

As many as 4,000 people had to be evacuated from the subway system.

Electricity was gradually restored throughout the next day.

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Tourists are baffled by the blacked-out screens on Times Square in New York[/caption]

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A cop helps traffic navigate through Times Square after a blackout caused traffic lights to stop working[/caption]

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Screens on Times Square stopped working after the power outage[/caption]

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Travellers on New York’s subway system were left stranded in eerie darkened stations[/caption]

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A subway station is plunged in darkness following the power outage in Midtown Manhattan[/caption]

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An outage map provided by power supplier ConEdison showed the extent of the blackout[/caption]


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