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San Diego Blackout

An unprecedented power outage occurred in San Diego, Orange and Imperial Counties on Sept. 8, 2011.

Workers serve pizza to customers outside of Filippi's Pizza after a massive blackout hit Southern California September 8, 2011 in San Diego, California.

Workers serve pizza to customers outside of Filippi's Pizza after a massive blackout hit Southern California September 8, 2011 in San Diego, California.

Photo by Sandy Huffaker

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Downtown is dark after a massive blackout hit Southern California September 8, 2011 in San Diego, California.

Downtown is dark after a massive blackout hit Southern California September 8, 2011 in San Diego, California.

Photo by Sandy Huffaker

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People waited out traffic during the blackout at Downtown Johnny Brown's on Sept. 8, 2011.

People waited out traffic during the blackout at Downtown Johnny Brown's on Sept. 8, 2011.

Photo by Katie Orr

Traffic in downtown San Diego around rush hour during the outage on Sept. 8, 2011.

Traffic in downtown San Diego around rush hour during the outage on Sept. 8, 2011.

Photo by Otto Olah

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Power outages throughout San Diego County as of 9 p.m. Thursday.

Power outages throughout San Diego County as of 9 p.m. Thursday.

Credit: KPBS

SDFD work on getting the woman out of the elevator on Sept. 8, 2011.

SDFD work on getting the woman out of the elevator on Sept. 8, 2011.

Photo by Katie Orr

Traffic backed up due to the blackout across San Diego County on Sept. 8, 2011.

Traffic backed up due to the blackout across San Diego County on Sept. 8, 2011.

Photo by Carolina Aravena

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Traffic downtown after the blackout across San Diego County on Sept. 8, 2011.

Traffic downtown after the blackout across San Diego County on Sept. 8, 2011.

Photo by Bruticus

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Trolleys around San Diego stopped when the power went out at 3:48 p.m. on Sept. 8, 2011. The MTS said service would be restored sometime Friday, and told passengers to check schedules for buses which would be operating normally.

Trolleys around San Diego stopped when the power went out at 3:48 p.m. on Sept. 8, 2011. The MTS said service would be restored sometime Friday, and told passengers to check schedules for buses which would be operating normally.

Photo by Jeff Filmer

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Flights were grounded at San Diego International Airport while some arriving flights were diverted to other airports during the blackout on Sept. 8, 2011.

Flights were grounded at San Diego International Airport while some arriving flights were diverted to other airports during the blackout on Sept. 8, 2011.

Photo by Gatto8478

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Downtown San Diego during the massive power outage on Sept. 8, 2011.

Downtown San Diego during the massive power outage on Sept. 8, 2011.

Photo by Brad Umansky

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As the power outage on Sept. 8, 2011 went into the night, residents in San Diego relied on candlelight.

As the power outage on Sept. 8, 2011 went into the night, residents in San Diego relied on candlelight.

Photo by Leah S.

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A long exposure from the blackout on Sept. 8, 2011 by San Diego resident Andrew DaRe.

A long exposure from the blackout on Sept. 8, 2011 by San Diego resident Andrew DaRe.

Photo by Andrew DaRe

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Traffic on 1st Ave. in downtown San Diego right after the blackout at about 4 p.m. on Sept. 8, 2011.

Traffic on 1st Ave. in downtown San Diego right after the blackout at about 4 p.m. on Sept. 8, 2011.

Photo by Katie Orr

Cars were all leaving downtown during the blackout.

Cars were all leaving downtown during the blackout.

Photo by Sole Junkie

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Trolley service was stopped when the power went out on Sept. 8, 2011. Here, a trolley near San Diego State University is stopped on the tracks.

Trolley service was stopped when the power went out on Sept. 8, 2011. Here, a trolley near San Diego State University is stopped on the tracks.

Photo by Sandy Coronilla

Credit: YFrog

A Vons grocery store in La Mesa closes because of the power outage. Employees were sent home and grocery carts were lined up to keep people out.

A Vons grocery store in La Mesa closes because of the power outage. Employees were sent home and grocery carts were lined up to keep people out.

Photo by Angela Carone

Claudia Bateman is a resident of The Springs in La Mesa, a low income housing facility for seniors. Air conditioning went out during the blackout, and a generator powered auxiliary lighting. Bateman says she planned to spend the evening sitting by the fire entrance knitting.

Claudia Bateman is a resident of The Springs in La Mesa, a low income housing facility for seniors. Air conditioning went out during the blackout, and a generator powered auxiliary lighting. Bateman says she planned to spend the evening sitting by the fire entrance knitting.

Photo by Angela Carone

The view of a darkened East County from the top of Mount Helix.

The view of a darkened East County from the top of Mount Helix.

Photo by Joseph Porteous

Shoppers pick up supplies at a 99-cent store during the blackout on Sept. 8, 2011.

Shoppers pick up supplies at a 99-cent store during the blackout on Sept. 8, 2011.

Photo by Digitaria

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The night sky from University Heights during the blackout on Sept. 8, 2011.

The night sky from University Heights during the blackout on Sept. 8, 2011.

Photo by Andy Trimlett

Neighbors and friends took advantage of the blackout to grill food and relax under the stars. Here, neighbors gather in University Heights on Sept. 8, 2011.

Neighbors and friends took advantage of the blackout to grill food and relax under the stars. Here, neighbors gather in University Heights on Sept. 8, 2011.

Photo by Andy Trimlett

Mike Niggli, the president and chief operating officer of SDG&E, speaks at a press conference during the blackout on Sept. 8, 2011.

Mike Niggli, the president and chief operating officer of SDG&E, speaks at a press conference during the blackout on Sept. 8, 2011.

Photo by Erik Anderson

Mayor Sanders speaks at a press conference on Sept. 8, 2011 during the blackout that left all of San Diego County, parts of Orange and Imperial Counties, areas in Arizona, and northwest Mexico without power.

Mayor Sanders speaks at a press conference on Sept. 8, 2011 during the blackout that left all of San Diego County, parts of Orange and Imperial Counties, areas in Arizona, and northwest Mexico without power.

Photo by Erik Anderson

A family sits out on the porch during the San Diego blackout on Sept. 8, 2011.

A family sits out on the porch during the San Diego blackout on Sept. 8, 2011.

Photo by Nathan Gibbs

Almost the entire city was dark during the blackout on Sept. 8, 2011.

Almost the entire city was dark during the blackout on Sept. 8, 2011.

Photo by Nathan Gibbs

Normal Heights during the San Diego blackout on Sept. 8, 2011.

Normal Heights during the San Diego blackout on Sept. 8, 2011.

Photo by Nathan Gibbs

Jayne's Gastropub in San Diego is lit by candlelight during the blackout on Sept. 8, 2011.

Jayne's Gastropub in San Diego is lit by candlelight during the blackout on Sept. 8, 2011.

Photo by Nathan Gibbs

Cyclists on the road during the blackout in San Diego on Sept. 8, 2011.

Cyclists on the road during the blackout in San Diego on Sept. 8, 2011.

Photo by Nathan Gibbs

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