New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says power could be back on
in his city in just hours.
He says a power failure along the New York-Canadian border cascaded
through the power grid across the northeast United States and parts
of Canada. He says investigators do not yet know what caused the
Mr. Bloomberg stressed there is no evidence of terrorism "whatsoever." He
also dismissed earlier reports of a fire at a major New York City
The mayor says there have been no reports of increased crime.
But he added that the New York Police Department has fully mobilized
and positioned officers across the city.
Mayor Bloomberg spoke to reporters almost two hours after the
city lost power and tens of thousands of people poured into streets
and the blistering summer heat. He says rescuers are working to
free people trapped in subways and elevators.
U.S. federal aviation authorities also suspended flights into
six major airports in the affected region, including the New York
area's John F. Kennedy, Laguardia and Newark airports.
Several other cities also lost power, including Cleveland, Detroit,
Erie (Pennsylvania), Toronto and Ottawa.