August 15, 2004
In just 10 minutes a year ago yesterday, a cascading electrical blackout left 50 million people in the dark. They were stranded across 9,000 square miles, trapped in elevators, mines and subways. Initially, they feared terrorists had struck again. Later, they worried about looting and street violence. Thankfully, citizens remained calm and cooperated admirably. The cause of the eight-state, two-province blackout turned out not to be al-Qaeda, but trees, computer software, and failure to communicate.
November 20, 2003 |
Faulty computer systems, garbled communication, and a poor job of tree-trimming around transmission lines led to the biggest blackout in U.S. history in August, a report by the U.S. Department of Energy and Canadian authorities concluded yesterday. The report was sharply critical of FirstEnergy Corp., a power company based in Ohio, where the blackout began, for violating industry standards for ensuring reliable service. FirstEnergy's emergency computer warning system failed as power failures accelerated, but plant operators were unaware of this for at least one hour, the report said.
September 11, 2011 |
SAN DIEGO - A blackout that swept across parts of the Southwest and Mexico apparently began with a single utility worker and a minor repair. How it rippled from that worker in the Arizona desert, to Southern California and across the border, plunging millions of people into darkness, has authorities and experts puzzled, especially because the power grid is built to withstand such problems. Power in most areas was restored by 3:30 a.m. Friday, less than 12 hours after the outage began and faster than officials had initially expected.
January 2, 1991 |
About 7,500 tickets remained unsold last night for the Eagles-Redskins playoff game Saturday at the Vet. In theory, if all the tickets are not sold by 12:30 p.m. today, the game, which will be shown on ABC-TV, will be blacked out locally. However, an NFL official indicated last night that the Eagles would be allowed additional time to sell the tickets and avoid a blackout. Val Pinchbeck Jr., NFL director of broadcasting, said in New York that the league's blackout rule - which requires sellouts 72 hours before kickoff for games to be televised locally - does apply in the playoffs.
March 31, 2011 |
McEWENSVILLE, Pa. - Virgil Carson can't handle his liquor, says his girlfriend, Kristi Shuford. Carson, 36, of McEwensville, who Milton police accuse of raping a borough store clerk Monday night, began drinking after he arrived home from work at 3 p.m. that day, Shuford said. "He can handle his beer, just not the hard stuff," Shuford said Tuesday. "He drank some liquor and several beers and then we went to the gas station for some things. " Inside the store, Carson "was flirting with the girl there," Shuford said, "but then we left.
January 1, 2003 |
It was pitch black in my parents' two-story single home not long ago, due to a power outage. The nighttime rain pelted the windows. I could hear Dad opening a kitchen drawer while singing, "Where were you when the lights went out?" Mom was caught upstairs when the electricity went out. Dad in the kitchen. I was in the living room, and had just put their two miniature pinschers in the dog cage. The dogs remained calm in the dark - their black fur melding into the darkness. Mom, however, wasn't calm.
September 28, 1990 |
The Eagles' 1 p.m. game Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts will be televised on Channel 3 because the station has agreed to buy up the fewer than 1,000 unsold tickets, a spokesman for the team said yesterday. The remaining tickets are still available through regular Eagles ticket outlets, said Ron Howard, the team's public relations director. The last Eagles home game, the Sept. 16 home opener against the Phoenix Cardinals, was blacked out locally because more than 2,000 tickets remained unsold three days before the game.
April 2, 1994 |
Much of South Street, that shimmering, glitzy and electrified hangout spot, went dark last light. There were sporadic power blackouts along the street and throughout much of Center City and South Philadelphia when an underground cable at the substation at 9th and Lombard streets failed, PECO Energy Co. officials said. The blackouts, which began at 6:34 p.m., kept a crowd of 800 fans waiting 90 minutes in a line around the block for a sold-out concert by New Kids on the Block at the Theater of the Living Arts on South near 4th. Down the street, Amy Klein, manager of Jon's Bar & Grill, said her customers seemed to be having a great time eating by candlelight.
September 29, 2011 |
Delaware State Police are looking for the thieves who stole copper grounding wires from two power substations, triggering a blackout that affected 30,000 customers. The theft of the 250-feet of wire valued at $1,000 also caused $100,000 in damage to the two DP&L substations across the street from each other south of Bethany Beach, police said. Police said the thieves scaled fences around the substations about 2:15 p.m. Wednesday and cut grounding wires attached to several poles and transformers.
July 4, 2012
A blackout on the Ocean City, N.J., boardwalk Tuesday night resulted in several chaotic and scary minutes for Shore revelers. Atlantic City Electric reported more than 53,000 customers were without power across South Jersey around 10:50 p.m. Many of those outages were caused by last weekend's storm. There was no immediate information about how extensive Tuesday's outage in Ocean City was. Frank Seravalli, a reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News, said he was at Playland's Castaway Cove when, around 10:20 p.m., "all of the sudden the lights go out. " Small children started screaming while parents frantically tried to locate them.