• Short Summary

    A power failure, said to be the worst in New York's History, stranded thousands of people in stifling hot underground trains and lifts in Manhattan August 17.

  • Description

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    GV Temperature gauge registering 93 degrees.
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    SV People in park.
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    3.
    SV Group under tree.
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    4.
    MV Man on grass.
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    5.
    SV Man on grass, woman with parasol walks.
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    MV Group under tree.
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    7.
    CU Sign on lorry "Free water for Horses"
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    8.
    MV Man gives horse drink from bucket.
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    9.
    CV Another man feeds horse with ice cream.
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    10.
    CV Child at street hydrant.
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    11.
    SV Water squirts over kids.
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    12.
    SV Kinds and water.
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    13.
    MV Car drenched with water.
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    MV Three woman on stop, one wipes brow.
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    15.
    CV Small child under water.
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    16.
    CV Woman holds hose.
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    17.
    SV Woman hoses family.
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    18.
    SV Ice-man slides block of ice from van.
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    19.
    CV Another block slid into position.
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    20.
    SV Tube train runs - lights go out.
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    21.
    CU Emergency light bulb.
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    SV Light on - doors open on tube carriage.
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    23.
    CU 8th Avenue tube sign
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    24.
    SV Subway entrance closed.
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    25.
    CU Sign on van "Power Department".
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    26.
    CU Officials round man-hole.
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    27.
    SLV Workman at man-hole.
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    28.
    SV PAN Police car moves along.
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    CV PAN Hospital sign to policeman outside door.
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    30.
    CU Policeman.
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    31.
    CU Sign "Respirator Centra"
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    32.
    SV Policeman operating portable generator, PAN up wire on side of building.
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    SV INT. Patient.
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    34.
    SV Man walks to flats.
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    CV Man looks up.
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    GV PAN UP Flats.
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    Initials KJ/JF/AS



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: A power failure, said to be the worst in New York's History, stranded thousands of people in stifling hot underground trains and lifts in Manhattan August 17. The present heatwave with temperatures reaching 930 Fahrenheit was blamed for the cut-out.

    As New Yorkers were doing their best to keep going in the general hot-house atmosphere, with children crowding around water hydrants and cart-horses feeding on ice cream, twenty 13,000 volt feeder lines at the Hell Gate plant ceased to operate.

    All traffic lights in the affected area went out, causing a gigantic horn-honking traffic jam. Lifts and underground trains stopped immediately, air-conditioning units failed in many-storeyed sky scrapers. One sixth of New York was without electric power.

    Firemen went out to rescue people trapped in elevator shafts; generators and emergency equipment were rushed to hospitals where iron lungs had to be run on car batteries. 2,000 policemen due to go off shift were kept on duty.

    The Edison Consolidated Company put some 4,000 men on the job of tracing and removing the fault, and eight hours later power was restored in most areas.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1IO63EROJ9EV8PWQ3Y4GMP15S
    Media URN:
    VLVA1IO63EROJ9EV8PWQ3Y4GMP15S
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/08/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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