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Retro Report: In 2003, a blackout crippled areas of the U.S. and Canada, leaving some 50 million people in the dark. Ten years later, we are still grappling with concerns over the vulnerability of the power grid. Subscribe to the Times Video newsletter for free and get a handpicked selection of the best videos from The New York Times every week: Subscribe on YouTube: Watch more videos at: --------------------------------------------------------------- Want more from The New York Times? Twitter: Facebook: Google+: Whether it's reporting on conflicts abroad and political divisions at home, or covering the latest style trends and scientific developments, New York Times video journalists provide a revealing and unforgettable view of the world. It's all the news that's fit to watch. On YouTube. Blackout: The Power Outage That Left 50 Million W/o Electricity | Retro Report | The New York Times


Adam Ohm : Because of this blackout I met almost all of my neighbors in the apartment building I was living in at the time. About 20 of us got together on the roof and started grilling whatever meat and other food we had in our fridges that we couldn't save. Then we spent the rest of the night drinking beers, chatting and watching the stars. I admit it's kind of sad that it took a blackout to get me to socialize with my neighbors.

Abshir Ali : the Mayor of Toronto is savage!!! LMAO What a come back

Ali Shah : This seems like something Homer Simpson would do.

Donny Donowitz : And how many babies were born 9 months later? Lmao

TheImpiroGirl : 3:24 Toronto mayor is savage but God it's so true

dennis n : Good thing it wasn't winter. Pipes would have broke and no heating + everything that happend with the transportation grid. Could have been a lot worse.

Ghetto Wagon : What I remember was the people of NY all drove like morons and crashed into one another when none of the lights worked. No one slowed down or stopped. It only lasted a day and a half yet so many freaked out in 3 hours.

Reasonable : Huh. Didn't even know Canada's power grid was connected to ours.

RagingMoon1987 : Obviously they learned nothing from the blackout in '77.

Electone_Guy : Step 1: Blame the Canadians.  Oh, it wasn't the Canadians?  Step 2: Blame Cleveland.

K-Tech : You know that dude got fired!

Sha-ad : 3:29 lol a t-shirt with ''i survived the blackout New York 2003'' ok nice for you .I survived 30 days without electricity in the winter of 1998 during de ice strom.I want a t-shirt for that lol

Marc James-Finel : 4:30 lol this story wasn't even the biggest one on the news paper because of Micheal Jackson

Ghost : that was a truly fun day, in nyc, not gonna lie

Karlito Sway : I pretty sure it was a epic night

Glenn Weeks : have you ever heard America take any blame? No ...we love to blame everyone but ourselves...

denelson83 : Don't forget that a severe geomagnetic storm can bring down quite a huge chunk of a power grid, such as what happened in 1989 in Quebec.

Joe Shook : 3:20 for the win

Tad Greenwald : WATCH DOGS

Realbek : 29 hours I've survived for like 48 without complaining XD

trollollol14 : This reminds me of the purge

Matt Brine : I remember this blackout very well, knocked out power to most of Ontario, and my hometown of Oshawa, east of Toronto. ALL I WANTED TO DO THAT DAY WAS GOTO THE LIBRARY AND PLAY RUNESCAPE BUT NOOOO THE BLACK OUT HAPPENED!!! Oh well, I had fun anyways, later that night we had a bon fire in our neighbours driveway, roasted some marshmellows and hotdogs and had tons of fun, all lit by candles and fires on Bruce Street, Oshawa

Norman Farmer : You don't need electricity to use the bathroom...

Blado : Another example of humans being reactive instead of proactive.

UnitedStatesOfEmbarrassment10018 : I remember when this happened. I was only 5 years old. Sucked balls. I couldn't even watch TV. Those people at FirstEnergy should have been more responsible.

RPG1234ninja : Feels like something Homer Simpson would do, forgetting to turn off a switch and going to lunch lol

Eon Hardy : I was 13 and in summer camp when this happened. We was just about to go on a trip, and had to get on the 3 train. We got word that the power in NYC went out and the trip had to be canceled.. I wudda been hella tight stuck on the 3 train . Smfh

Zachary Zalass : Nationalize your grid. We did that in Quebec and we have one of the most advanced grids + world class research

svtfast : Clevlend should of had diseal backup generators for their water pumps. Only idiots would not of had that.

simon wang : Don't worry. Rick Perry - Bachelor's degree in Animal Science, is our Energy Secretary. Top notch. Very smart guy. So qualified.

Kolobos0523 : i thought it was skynet taking over!

nudist0885 : I remember this incident. I was in western New York state on a few days vacation from the job that I had been then. I remember I was out in the countryside when the power went out, but I already had my motel room key because I had checked in the night before. When I heard on the car radio that the power was going to be out for a number of hours I decided to go have some fun. I drove into a small town (I can't remember which one it was) and found a very dark area where I could hide my car. I got undressed and got out of my car wearing nothing but my sneakers. I then proceeded to walk around some of the outskirts areas of the town knowing that very few (if any) people would be able to see me. I walked around the local high school, some of the small strip malls that were right on the side of the local roads, I even walked through one single family home housing area for about 20 minutes (I knew where I was going and where my car was parked). That night was fun.

Egils Aleksejevs : Watch_Dogs sent me here. In the game it says it was a cyber attack

THWNAH : This was clearly aliens

RunwayIsAwesome : Remember, in North Korea, people suffer like this EVERY DAY!

Carly Al : I remember this. We lived in the ghetto and my mom was so scare the whole night. We had no phone to call for help and she was alone with two little girls. My mom had to walk the Brooklyn bridge that day.

The Curlos : Watch dogs

Mai Va Lee : see this is why you need the Maglite flashlight LED Maglite helps anyone who is stuck in blackout :)

Carlotta Mclee : I remember the black out back in 2003 me an my big sis was just coming from the galleria mall there was no traffic lights no nothing one of my sister's friends got arrested for fight some middle aged lady in the middle of the road my sister end up breaking up the fight it was crazy that day the lights didn't get cut back on till noon the next day smfh

Afghan Lion : Best summer of my childhood.

Lee Everett : Next time on the Walking dead.

Anonymous User : That lady still hasn't gone nowhere

J Lock : The cool thing about power outages is you can do electrical work in your house without having to turn the breaker off.

Peridot TheClod : Manila : meh dis happens everytime New york : *1 minute later* Y IS DER NO POWER AHHHHHHHYHHHH

SV methos : i had solar panels on my rv. propane to cook food. i wasnt even effected lol. ;)

Ghostbuster Gabe : Northeast Blackout August 2003 Hartford,Connecticut Baltimore,Maryland Boston,Massachusetts Detroit,Michigan Newark,New Jersey New York City,New York Columbus,Ohio Pittsburgh,Pennsylvania Toronto,Ontario Silver Spring,Maryland

Vimal V : People in India: Hold my beer... power outage almost everyday..

Ghostbuster Gabe : Northeast Blackout 2003: Boston, Massachusetts Hartford, Connecticut New York City, New York Newark, New Jersey Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Columbus, Ohio Detroit, Michigan Toronto, Ontario

Lisa Foos : Blame Canada!