"The civilization that was New York came unglued for 24 hours, and that's what our story is about." American Experience Executive Producer Mark Samels talks about why we made Blackout.
On the night of July 13, 1977, lightning strikes took out several critical power lines, causing a catastrophic power failure and plunging the New York City area into darkness.
Watch Chapter 1 of Blackout.
Charlie Durkin, former chief system operator at Consolidated Edison electric company, discusses the 1965 and 1977 blackouts.