Detroit Power Outage Closes Schools, Snarls Traffic – ABC News

PHOTO: Instagram user le.gax posted this photo on Dec. 2, 2014 with the caption, "Power goes out during class? No problem! to the rescue #wsu #lightsout #ghettostyle #detroit"

A power outage has struck downtown Detroit knocking out power to key buildings and prompting early dismissal from the city’s schools.

Multiple municipal buildings including the City County Building, the Joe Louis arena where the Detroit Red Wings play, the Detroit City Airport have been affected according to ABC News affiliate WXYZ-TV in Detroit.

The Detroit Fire Department said all firehouses are using backup generators and able to respond to calls, according to Lt. Theresa Halsell.

Halsell said a few people were temporarily stuck in elevators, but they were quickly evacuated.

After the power outage a few fire houses had difficulty opening their doors before generators went on, but none were being dispatched or a on a call, according to a fire dispatcher.

PHOTO: Emilio Cardiel posted this photo to Instagram on Dec. 2, 2014 with the caption, #LightsOut #NoPower #WSU

The power outage was caused by a failure within a plant run by the Detroit Public Lighting, according to Homeland Security officials. Detroit Edison provides power to much of the Detroit area, but the older downtown grid is operated by the Detroit Public Lighting.

Nearly all Detroit public schools, 87 of 97, lost power. All schools will dismiss students early due to the power outage.

PHOTO: Instagram user moktaderp posted this photo on Dec. 2, 2014 with the caption, #OhThatsNice

At Wayne State University classes were still running even though a couple dozen buildings were without power, according to Wayne State University spokesman Rashida Williams.

Wayne State University student Kristin Shaw, 24, said she was in her first class when the lights started to flicker.

“The flood lights went on and he kept teaching,” Shaw said of her professor. “He was discussing infrastructure failures…He made an infrastructure joke and how funny it was” the power was out.

Shaw said the building she is in currently is without power but that classes were still initially going on.

All classes on the main campus and all evening events have been cancelled, according to the Wayne State University twitter.

PHOTO: Kristin Shaw posted this photo to Twitter on Dec. 2, 2014 with the caption, Detroit power outage hits class during infrastructure discussion - prof keeps teaching in the dark. @waynestate

ABC News’ Jack Date and Jonathan Newman contributed to this report.


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