An ‘explosion’ at a Con Edison power facility in Brooklyn on Thursday night briefly plunged parts of New York City into darkness.

Lights reportedly flickered across the New York City boroughs and parts of New Jersey.

The temporary outage delayed subways, froze escalators and elevators, and disrupted traffic lights in the Big Apple.

“Black smoke was seen coming from the power facility in Brooklyn at 11.55pm on Thursday night,” Daily Mail reports.

According to Rawsalerts, some witnesses described seeing a green flash before lights flickered around New York City.

“Con Edison said the issue was due to a fault on a power line at its facility on John Street in Dumbo. Most electricity is back up and running,” Daily Mail added.

Chief Nerd writes:

“Black smoke was seen coming from the power facility in Brooklyn at 11.55pm on Thursday night and a momentary power outage followed with lights flickering for a few seconds.

It plunged the city into chaos temporarily with multiple reports of people trapped in elevators and stuck on the subway for up to 20 minutes. Some motorists also reported blinking traffic lights.

Alarming footage showed a security guard at a Wegmans store in Brooklyn being rescued from an elevator by firefighters. At Grand Central station all elevators and escalators were out of service due to the power issue.

Daily Mail reports:

Lights were reported flickering in neighborhoods including Lower Manhattan, the Upper East Side, Bed-Stuy, Downtown Brooklyn and Long Island City.

The New York City Fire Department was quickly at the scene and sirens were seen flashing from the Con Edison plant after the failure. New York City Police Department officers were also spotted outside the gates of the facility.

Con Edison told its crews are investigating the power failure. ‘A fault on a high-tension transmission line occurred at a Con Edison substation in Brooklyn at approximately 11:55 pm last night,’ a spokesman said.

‘Customers may have experienced a dip or surge in power at that time. Crews are investigating and working to make necessary repairs.’

Residents across New York City complained about the brief power cut with most left confused about the outage.


Multiple people claimed to hear an ‘explosion’ from the power plant, while others felt a rumble.

The brief power outage in America’s biggest city follows reports earlier this week of online hackers allegedly affiliated with China’s People’s Liberation Army infiltrating critical services in the United States.

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It’s critical to note the World Economic Forum has predicted for years that a cyber attack would cause more worldwide disruption than COVID-19.

From the WEF:

The New York City incident also follows the Netflix release of Leave the World Behind, which describes a cyber apocalypse that renders commonly-used technology useless.

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