10 years ago last month, Detroit (along with most of the North-East) suffered a major blackout. It seems, in an awkward anniversary remembrance, two main electrical lines have failed in downtown Detroit. As WXYZ reports, some of Detroit’s municipal buildings as well as downtown traffic lights and the People Mover are without power. Parts of the Wayne State University campus in midtown also have no electricity. Power went out just after 1:00 p.m. Only a few more hours until dark... just beware the packs of rabid dogs...
City crews and DTE Energy are working to fix two main electrical lines to the city grid, according to Bill Nowling, a spokesman for emergency manager Keyn Orr. Nowling tells 7 Action News the outage was done as a precautionary measure.
The City of Detroit Public Lighting Department provides electrical power to these sites. DTE Energy tells 7 Action News they are assisting in the effort to bring electrical service back online.
DTE says a cable failure occurred at 12:45 p.m.
The Mayor’s office confirmed knowledge of the outage to 7 Action News.
The Detroit Transportation Corporation who operates the People Mover issued a statement saying they had, "Suspended People Mover service effective immediately, due to a reduction of available power for the system."
A tweet from Wayne State University confirmed that some of the university's buildings are also without power.
At the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice, lights went out in the courtroom just a few minutes after Bob Bashara's former mistress had taken the stand in his preliminary hearing in the First Degree Murder case of his wife, Jane. The court building was quickly evacuated.