Today in History
August 14, 2003
Baby It’s Dark Inside
When a power company fails to trim the trees surrounding the power lines of an Eastlake, Ohio plant, 50 million people in the northeastern U.S. and Ontario are left in the dark in North America's largest blackout. With hot weather creating high demand for energy, overheated power lines sag and come in contact with the trees. The system failure sparks a cascading effect that leaves more than 100 power plants out of service, Amtrak trains and regional airports shut down, and eleven people dead.
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