Share this story
Close X
Switch to Desktop Site

News In Brief

Power outage blacks out downtown Los Angeles

People were trapped in elevators and hundreds groped their way down darkened staircases in a power blackout that left a two-square-mile area of downtown Los Angeles at a standstill Tuesday.

About these ads

Nearly 8,000 customers, mostly small factories and offices, were still without power 12 hours after electricity supplies stopped Monday evening. Extra police patrols were sent into the area to prevent looting. The area lost its power when an explosion ripped through an electricity substation, a spokesman for the city's Department of Water and Power said.

Follow Stories Like This
Get the Monitor stories you care about delivered to your inbox.