New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Sunday (July 14) that an investigation into a partial power outage in Manhattan continues, but he offered assurances that "this was not a cyber attack, and this was not an act of physical terrorism." A wide swath of New York's Manhattan borough was plunged into darkness Saturday after a transformer explosion knocked out power to subways, stores and Broadway theaters, but the city's main utility said it had restored most power within hours.
No deaths or injuries were reported due to the blackout, which officials said began at 6:47 p.m.
EDT (2247 GMT), and darkened a stretch of the city from West 42nd Street to West 72nd Street.
The outage occurred 42 years to the day from a major 1970s blackout that sparked looting and rioting in the United States' most populous city.