Power outage strikes Manhattan on the same day of the 1977 NYC blackout


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POWER MIGHT COME BACK ON.
LET’S BRING IN TED WILLIAMS A
FORMER D.C. HOMICIDE DETECTIVE
ALSO A FOX NEWS CONTRADICT TORE
HE JOINS US NOW BY PHONE.
TED WE WERE JUST TALKING ABOUT
THE FACT THAT THIS IS THE 42ND
ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIG POWER
BLACKOUT OF 1977 THAT WAS A VERY
DARK DAY NO PUN INTENDED IN NEW
YORK CITY HISTORY.
LET US HOPE THAT WE DON’T SEE A
REPEAT OF SOME OF THE CRIME THAT
HAPPENED IT THAT PARTICULAR
NIGHT.
>> AND THAT IS CERTAINLY 1977
BLACKOUT LAW ENFORCEMENT
OFFICERS HAVE NOW PUT INTO PLACE
QUITE A FEW PLANS TO REACT TO
SCENARIO.
ONE OF THE THINGS THAT FIND OUT
THAT IT WAS A BURNGHT OUT
TRANSFORMER BECAUSE NORMALLY
WHEN SOMETHING LIKE THAT HAPPENS
WE WONDER IF THIS —
HAS BEEN GENERATED BY SOME GROUP
OF SOME SOURCE BUT NOT IF THEY
DO KNOW STORE.
PRIMARY THING THEY’VE GOT TO
WORRY ABOUT RIGHT NOW IS HOW YOU
OUGHT —
YOU OPTION REACT TO THIS.
BECAUSE AS YOU SAID IN 1977
THERE WAS A GREAT DEAL OF
LOOTING AND CONCERNED ABOUT THAT
BUT THEY HAVE PLANS IN PLACE.
ONE OF THE OTHER THINGS THAT
PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT ARE
INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE TRAPPED IN
BUILDINGS AND SPECIFICALLY
ELEVATORS.
BUT WHAT IS GOOD ABOUT THIS AND
ONE INSTANCE IS THAT WITH
DEALING WITH A WEEKEND
SITUATION, MEANING THAT A LOT OF
PEOPLE WHO WOULD BE —
AT DURING WEEK ARE NOT THERE —
SO THAT THIS HELPS LAW
ENFORCEMENT.
BUT THE LAW ENFORCEMENT ARE
GOING TO BE VERY BUSY HERE THIS
AFTERNOON.
>> WE ARE BASED IN A 50 PLUS
STORY OFFICE TOWER IN MIDTOWN,
MANHATTAN.
AND SOME OF OUR ELEVATORS AT
LEASTS BRIEFLY WERE OUT
OF COMMISSION WITH PEOPLE
ONBOARD.
SO IT’S —
NOT A FUN THING ESPECIALLY FOR
THE CLAUSTROPHOBIC IF YOU’RE IN
AN ELEVATOR GOING UP OR DOWN AND
ALL OF A SUDDEN POWER SCHULTZ
DOWN, AND THAT IS WHAT HAS
HAPPENED IN DOZENS PERHAPS MORE
NEW YORK CITY BUILDINGS AS A
RESULT OF THIS TRANSFORMER
POWER.
TRANSFORMER FIRE I SHOULD
I AM SURE YOU KNOW FROM YOUR
LONG EXPERIENCE, IT’S 85 DEGREES
IN MANHATTAN RIGHT NOW.
STILL VERY WARM.
THE POWER LOAD FOR THE
AIR-CONDITIONERS.
PEOPLE ACT THEIR WORST SOMETIMES
WHEN THEY ARE HOT, DO THEY NOT?
>> ABSOLUTELY RIGHT.
WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT MANHATTAN ON
A NICE SUMMER AFTERNOON LIKE
THIS AND WITH THE TEMPERATURE
THE WAY IT IS, YOU HAVE GOT ALL
SORTS OF ELEMENTS OUT THERE.
YOU HAVE GOT GOOD PEOPLE DOING A
LOT OF WONDERFUL THINGS AND THEY
ARE TRYING TO CELEBRATE.
BUT YOU HAVE UNFORTUNATELY A
CRIMINAL ELEMENT THAT WOULD TRY
TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF A SITUATION
SCENARIO LIKE THIS.
BUT AGAIN WITHOUT BEING OVERLY
REDUNDANT, I CAN TELL YOU LAW
ENFORCEMENT IN NEW YORK
SPECIFICALLY, THEY HAVE
CONTINGENT PLANS TO HANDLE
SCENARIOS AND SITUATIONS LIKE
THIS.
I THINK THE FIRE DEPARTMENT
PRIMARILY IS GOING TO BE VERY
BUSY THIS AFTERNOON.
YOU HAVE GOT A LOT OF BUILDINGS,
SOME LIKE THE BUILDING YOU ARE
IN WHERE PERHAPS THE ELEVATORS
ARE OUT.
WHEN THE ELEVATORS ARE OUT, THEY
USE THEIR CELL PHONES TO
COMMUNICATE WITH THE FIRE
DEPARTMENT AND THAT HELPS.
IT ALSO HELPS THAT 1977 IS NOT
2019 WHERE A LOT OF INDIVIDUALS
HAVE CELL PHONES, AND THEY HAVE
CAMERAS THROUGHOUT MANHATTAN.
IF THERE IS A CRIMINAL ELEMENT
THAT BELIEVES THEY CAN TAKE
ADVANTAGE OF THIS SCENARIO AND
SITUATION, YOU MAY FIND THEM ON
CANDID CAMERA NEXT WEEK AFTER
THIS THING HAS BEEN PUT TO REST.
JON: JUST ABOUT EVERYBODY
CARRIES A FLASHLIGHT IN THEIR

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