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1977: Time-lapse display of street traffic because it gives Manhattan lighting darkened by a power outage, New York, New York, July 13 and 14, 1977

REVEALED: How power outages in Manhattan occurred on the anniversary of the 1977 eclipse caused by the lightning storm that led to massive looting, 3000 arrests and $ 1.2 billion damage

  • On July 13, 1977, lightning strikes destroyed an electricity line in Westchester, New York, causing the Indian Point
  • Damage during the 25-hour power outage was huge, 1000 fires were fired by arsonists and 1,600 stores were looted
  • A steep economic downturn together with rising crime rates and the war on drugs resulted in an already gloomy Big Apple that was just further obscured by the murder of Son of Sam that held the city in its grip
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On July 13, 1977, lightning strikes destroyed a high-voltage power line in Westchester, causing the Indian Point generating station that illuminated most of the city to crash.

The damage during the 25-hour power outage was huge New York Times reported 1000 fires were fired by arsonists and 1,600 stores were looted.

A number of 3,373 people were also arrested for looting and vandalism. Thieves stole cars, jewels, televisions and even large furniture.

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A steep economic downturn together with rising crime rates and the war on drugs resulted in an already gloomy Big Apple that was just further obscured by the murder of Son of Sam that held the city in its grip.

But even during all this turmoil, people still managed to enjoy some aspects of the blackout, gathering on the street for late night parties and opportunities to make money quickly.

1977: Time-lapse display of street traffic because it gives Manhattan lighting darkened by a power outage, New York, New York, July 13 and 14, 1977

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On July 13, 1977, lightning strikes destroyed a high-voltage power line in Westchester, causing the Indian Point generating station that illuminated most of the city to crash. The damage during the 25-hour power outage was huge – the New York Times reported that fires were triggered by 1,000 fires and 1,600 stores were searched

Police officers and passers-by stand in front of a damaged Brooklyn store front, looted in the aftermath of the July 1977 power failure in New York City

Police officers and passers-by stand in front of a damaged Brooklyn store front, looted in the aftermath of the July 1977 power failure in New York City

Police officers and passers-by stand in front of a damaged Brooklyn store front, looted in the aftermath of the July 1977 power failure in New York City

An aerial view of a Brooklyn building that burns in the aftermath of the blackout is seen on July 14, 1977 - one day after the blackout hit
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An aerial view of a Brooklyn building that burns in the aftermath of the blackout is seen on July 14, 1977 - one day after the blackout hit

An aerial view of a Brooklyn building that burns in the aftermath of the blackout is seen on July 14, 1977 – one day after the blackout hit

The damage during the 25-hour power outage was enormous - 1,000 fires were initiated by arsonists and 1,600 stores were looted

The damage during the 25-hour power outage was enormous - 1,000 fires were initiated by arsonists and 1,600 stores were looted

The damage during the 25-hour power outage was enormous – 1,000 fires were initiated by arsonists and 1,600 stores were looted

Aerial view of a building burning in the wake of the eclipse of New York City, Brooklyn, New York, New York, July 14, 1977

Aerial view of a building burning in the wake of the eclipse of New York City, Brooklyn, New York, New York, July 14, 1977

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Aerial view of a building burning in the wake of the eclipse of New York City, Brooklyn, New York, New York, July 14, 1977

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