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On August 14, 2003, the power went out at 4:12PM across the Northeastern United States and Southeast Canada. Caused by weaknesses in the North American electrical grid, the blackout affected an estimated 50 million people, covered an area of 9,300 miles, shut down 100 power plants, and eventually caused $6 billion in damages. It was the single largest blackout in North American history.

Almost immediately, the traffic in affected areas came to a standstill. With the traffic lights no longer working, and police unable to get to intersections to guide traffic, cars were forced to go one at a time through intersections. Busy roads were packed bumper-to-bumper with commuters, and conditions were made even worse by not just the incredible heat caused by the warm air and car fumes, but also the rush hour traffic.

I live about 15 minutes from where I worked. On the day of the blackout, it took me three hours to get back home.

I snapped this photo after arriving home from work that day. This is the street I live on. I've never seen it this busy in all my life. We were subsequently without power for a full week after the blackout. We were forced to live with relatives in an area that still had power due to the unbearable heat of that week in August. Looking back, it was quite an experience. At the time, however, it wasn't very enjoyable.

I used my Minolta 70mm-200mm lens for this shot.

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