Downtown Toronto Turns to Chaos Amid Power Outage

Toronto’s downtown core suffered a major power outage on Thursday, prompting city officials to shut down streets and businesses.

According to news outlet CP24, the sudden power outage has “affected several buildings, including the Eaton Centre and Toronto Police Headquarters as well as several towers in the Financial District. The many large advertising screens at Yonge-Dundas Square have also gone dark,” while internet access has also been disrupted as reported by internet monitor website NetBlocks.

The Toronto fire department has been responding to numerous calls regarding individuals trapped in elevators in downtown buildings, while traffic in the area has turned into chaos after street lights stopped working. Some buildings have reverted to emergency backup generators, but the electricity disruption has yet to pause trading activity at the Toronto Stock Exchange.

It remains unclear what caused the power outage, but according to videos circulating online, a power crane appears to have clipped a transmission line. The outage is expected to last a number of hours, as both TorontoHydro and HydroOne crews work to restore power.

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