NYC blackout of July 13, 1977

On the night of July 13, 1977, a lightning strike about 8:35 p.m. on a power station along the Hudson River in Westchester County, set off a chain reaction that plunged New York City into darkness at 9:34 p.m. When the sun came up the next morning, the city took stock, and news reports indicate there had been 3,400 arrests; hundreds of stores looted, especially in Brooklyn and the Bronx; and a thousand fires. The city was for the most part without power for 26 hours. Here are photos of that...

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