Not only in Malta! New York’s Manhattan ended without electricity this Saturday. Subways came to a halt and flicked off billboards in Times Square.

About 42,000 customers lost electricity in the early evening. The power returned around 10:00 pm (02:00 GMT), accompanied by applause that could be heard throughout the formerly darkened streets.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Twitter that the outage was caused by a “manhole fire,” but later told CNN it was under investigation.

Firefighters said they responded to numerous requests for help. They are surely not as accustomed to this as we are!!! This is a city where light is rarely in short supply.

Image: Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency.