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The city of New York attempted to regain its balance on Sunday after the restoration of power after a blackout until late into the night from Saturday to Wednesday, as questions arose as to the cause of the blackout.

Utility Con Edison said in a statement that the last outage had affected customers of the outage – which had affected more than 72,000 customers across 30 blocks of Times Square on the Upper West Side – their power supply had been re-established just before midnight after power outages began around 7 pm Saturday.

"With all customers back in service, the company will focus on investigating the cause of equipment failures and putting the power distribution system back to normal reliability," the company said in a statement.

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The blackout, 42 years to the day after the Great Breakdown in 1977, darkened most of Manhattan, interrupted Broadway shows and staged a Jennifer Lopez concert at Madison Square Garden, pedestrian streets while drivers tried to navigate. without fire and left the tourists the wandering residents on the darkened sidewalks.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who deployed soldiers from the state of New York on Saturday night, opened an investigation into the cause of the blackout. Mayor Bill de Blasio said the police had confirmed that there was no foul play and that the breakdown was caused by a "mechanical problem".

"You can not have a power outage of this magnitude in this city," Cuomo said, calling the failure "unacceptable".

"It's too dangerous, the risk potential for public safety and chaos are too high, we just can not have a system that does it, it's as simple as that at the end of the day," he said. he declares.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said the blackout had caused "significant delays on many subway lines".

"Thank you all for being with us tonight," the Saturday metro service tweeted. "Thanks to the thousands of New York City officials who have worked hard to get everything back to normal, have a good night and take care of yourself."

Contribute: The Associated Press

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