On July 13, most of the Manhattan area in New York City had a five-hour power outage, resulting in 73,000 people without electricity. Government officials are still investigating the cause of the blackout. The power outage area is in the downtown area, with tourist attractions and Broadway theaters everywhere, but fortunately, there were no casualties. The cause of the blackout was the explosion of transformers in the 49th Street, which caused power outages in subways, homes, and businesses.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference that the blackout has been ruled out due to a surge in electricity usage. Whether it is a cyber attack or a terrorist act is still unknown, and the real reason will take some time to uncover.
Power was restored to remaining customers. I want to thank all of our first responders, the men and women of the NYPD, FDNY and @NYCEmergencyMgt for their hard work tonight — and every New Yorker for responding to the black out with that trademark NYC grit and toughness.
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) July 14, 2019
On Sunday, Times Square’s activities, transportation, and subways returned to normal.