On this day in 2003, the eastern United States and part of Canada were affected by a major power outage. At 4:10 PM ET, 21 power plants shut down in just three minutes. Over 50 million people were affected including residents of New York, Cleveland and Detroit, as well as Toronto and Ottawa, Canada. Power companies were able to restore some services within a few hours, while other areas were left in the dark for more than a day.
The outage stopped trains and elevators, and disrupted everything from cellular telephone service to operations at hospitals to traffic at airports. The loss of use of electric water pumps interrupted water service in many areas. There were even some reports of people being stranded mid-ride on amusement park roller coasters. The New York Stock Exchange and bond market however, was able to continue thanks to backup generators.
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