Detroit was hit with a major power outage earlier today, but the reason for the lack of electricity still remains a mystery. Speculation is mounting that the reason hundreds of downtown Detroit buildings are without power has something to do with Ferguson protests or a cyber-attack. Breaking news reports about the outage indicate that many people are stuck in elevators.
The downtown Detroit power outage has reportedly impacted multiple fire stations, the “People Mover,” the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice, and various schools in the area. The murder trial of Bob Bashara was put on hold after the lights went out in the courthouse.
The Detroit Fire Department has noted that some fire stations are able to utilize generator power and can take emergency calls via landline phones and portable radios. All buildings served by the Detroit Public Lighting Department are now without lights or heat.
A variety of non-public buildings have not been affected by the Detroit power outage.
— Mashable (@mashable) December 2, 2014
The power grid in Detroit, Michigan is currently offline and all Detroit Public Schools dismissed students early — http://t.co/ariQmZE7rW
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) December 2, 2014
Firefighters attempting to rescue people trapped in elevators at blacked-out Detroit City County building – WWJ950 http://t.co/15bvXxjHK4
— SavageNation (@SavageNation) December 2, 2014
— The Detroit News (@detroitnews) December 2, 2014
The following excerpt comes from a release issued by the Detroit Public Lighting Department.
“The city’s public lighting grid suffered a major cable failure that has caused the entire grid to lose power at approximately 10:30 this morning. The outage is affecting all customers on the PLD grid. We have isolated the issue and are working to restore power as soon as possible.
The city’s Public Lighting Department is working closely with DTE during this process. Mayor Mike Duggan and representatives of DTE will provide further details a 2 p.m. press briefing at Detroit Public Safety Headquarters.”
Check back with the Inquisitr for more details about the Detroit power outage as additional information becomes available about the breaking news story.
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