"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.
By 9:30 p.m. on July 14, 1977, New York City would be plunged into darkness for more than 24 hours.
While workers scrambled to restart their failed power system, New York City's police force tried to maintain order.