July 14, 1977 dawned hot and humid in New York City. By 9:30pm the city would be plunged into darkness for more than 24 hours. Watch the first three minutes of Blackout.
While workers scrambled to restart their failed power system, New York City's police force tried to maintain order.
Shop owners describe watching locals loot their store during the NYC blackout of 1977.
During the 1977 blackout in New York City, the looting began very quickly.