Parts of New York was thrown into darkness as power outage hit the commercial city of the US on Saturday.
According to Time newspaper, the outage made its way to Madison Square Garden where Jennifer Lopez, an award-winning singer and actress, was performing.
Attendees told the newspaper that the concert went dark about 9:30pm in the middle of Lopez’s fourth song of the night, and the arena was later evacuated.
“You could see all the theatre lights across the street, all the marquees went out. That’s what we noticed first,” Emily Totero, a witness, was quoted.
The authorites, the newspaper, reports were scrambling to restore electricity to Manhattan following the power outage that knocked out Times Square’s towering electronic screens, darkened marquees in the theatre district and left businesses without electricity, elevators stuck and subway cars stalled.
The New York City fire department was quoted to have said a transformer fire Saturday evening at West 64th street and West end avenue affected more than 44,000 customers along a 30-block stretch from Times Square to about 72nd Street and Broadway.
Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York, in a statement however said that no injuries have been reported but “the fact that it happened at all is unacceptable,” and the department of public service will investigate the outage.
In another tweet, Cuomo confirmed that power had been restored in the area.
“Power has been restored after today’s #blackout, but New Yorkers should continue to exercise caution as everything returns to normal,” he tweeted.
Power has been restored after today’s #blackout, but New Yorkers should continue to exercise caution as everything returns to normal.
When things are at their worst, New Yorkers are at their best, and they were at their best tonight.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) July 14, 2019
“When things are at their worst, New Yorkers are at their best, and they were at their best tonight.”
The outage comes on the anniversary of the 1977 New York City outage that left a larger part of the city without power.