Toronto skyline in darkness. Courtesy: Paul Sampson

Toronto skyline in darkness. Courtesy: Paul Sampson


Power outage forces thousands into dark

from CBC.ca archives
Thu, 14 Aug 2003

TORONTO - People in Toronto reacted to Thursday's power outage with nervousness - but there were no reports of any disturbances. Thousands took to the streets, trying to figure out what had happened.

At First Canadian Place - the tallest in the country at 72 storeys - workers gathered in groups outside as traffic ground its way through the throngs in the late-day summer heat. Nesbitt Burns employees Linda Loipersbeck, Gela McKie and Lisa McKay were among them. Loipersbeck said the first thought that came to mind was a terror attack. "It was like, let's get out of here," she said. "I'm not taking any chances. It's kind of scary," said the office coordinator.

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