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73,000 people lost electricity for three hours in Manhattan last night, according to The Guardian. Theatergoers in Time Square spilled out onto the street mid-show when a 30-block area from Times Square to 72nd Street and Broadway was plunged into darkness. According to the Con Edison CEO, John McAvoy a problem at a substation caused the 6.47pm power failure.

Amidst the chaos, New Yorkers demonstrated their resilience and Twitter showed its capacity to make light of any situation. Take a look at some of the footage and funniest reactions from yesterday’s outage.

Theatergoers took the performance to the street

Time Square looked very different without billboards

For some, it heralded the end of times

For others, it just meant a slow ride home

Here’s what it looked like when the lights came back on

Weekend Staff Writer

Isabelle is an Australian writer based in Berlin.