PHOTOS: Power outage in New York City causes partial blackout

Pedestrians looks at their cellphones during a power outage in midtown Manhattan, Saturday, July 13, 2019, in New York. (Photo: Michael Owens/AP)

A widespread power outage Saturday evening left much of Manhattan, including the Upper West Side and Rockefeller Center, without electricity, authorities say.

The partial blackout was caused by a transformer fire, according to New York fire officials. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that the New York Police Department has confirmed there was no foul play, "this was a mechanical issue."

By late Saturday night, officials said power was being restored to thousands of customers.

"Power has been restored after today's blackout, but New Yorkers should continue to exercise caution as everything returns to normal," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Twitter late Saturday. "When things are at their worst, New Yorkers are at their best, and they were at their best tonight."

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A subway station is closed off during a power outage Saturday, July 13, 2019, in New York. (Photo: Michael Owens/AP)
Fire trucks respond during a widespread power outage in the Manhattan borough of New York, Saturday, July 13, 2019. (Photo: Michael Owens/AP)
Screens in Times Square are black during a widespread power outage, Saturday, July 13, 2019, in New York. (Photo: Michael Owens/AP)
Screens in Times Square are black during a power outage, Saturday, July 13, 2019, in New York. Authorities were scrambling to restore electricity to Manhattan following a power outage that knocked out Times Square's towering electronic screens and darkened marquees in the theater district and left businesses without electricity, elevators stuck and subway cars stalled. (Photo: Michael Owens/AP)
Screens in Times Square are black during a widespread power outage, Saturday, July 13, 2019, in the Manhattan borough of New York. Authorities say a transformer fire caused a power outage in Manhattan and left businesses without electricity, elevators stuck and subway cars stalled. (Photo: Michael Owens/AP)
A New York State Emergency Medical Technician looks at his mobile phone while standing in front of a Duane Reade store that closed after loosing power, Saturday, July 13, 2019, in New York. (Photo: Leezel Tanglao/AP)
A man makes his way through a dark Times Square during a power outage, Saturday, July 13, 2019, in New York. Authorities were scrambling to restore electricity to Manhattan following a power outage that knocked out Times Square's towering electronic screens and darkened marquees in the theater district and left businesses without electricity, elevators stuck and subway cars stalled. (Photo: Michael Owens/AP)
A store owner in Times Square sits outside his store during a widespread power outage, Saturday, July 13, 2019, in New York. Authorities were scrambling to restore electricity to Manhattan following a power outage that knocked out Times Square's towering electronic screens, darkened marquees in the theater district and left businesses without electricity, elevators stuck and subway cars stalled. (Photo: Michael Owens/AP)
Pedestrians cross a dark street during a power outage, Saturday, July 13, 2019, in New York. (Photo: Michael Owens/AP)
Pedestrians cross the street near emergency response vehicles at 50th Street and 8th Avenue during a power outage, Saturday, July 13, 2019, in New York. (Photo: Michael Owens/AP)
Commuters use their phones as flashlights during a widespread power outage, Saturday, July 13, 2019, in New York. (Photo: Michael Owens/AP)
A subway station is in the dark during a widespread power outage, Saturday, July 13, 2019, in New York. Authorities were scrambling to restore electricity to Manhattan following a power outage that knocked out Times Square's towering electronic screens, darkened marquees in the theater district and left businesses without electricity, elevators stuck and subway cars stalled. (Photo: Michael Owens/AP)
A subway station is in the dark during a widespread power outage, Saturday, July 13, 2019, in New York. Authorities were scrambling to restore electricity to Manhattan following a power outage that knocked out Times Square's towering electronic screens, darkened marquees in the theater district and left businesses without electricity, elevators stuck and subway cars stalled. (Photo: Michael Owens/AP)
An entrance to the C and E trains at the 50th Street Subway Station is dimly lit during a power outage, Saturday, July 13, 2019, in New York. Authorities were scrambling to restore electricity to Manhattan following a power outage that knocked out Times Square's towering electronic screens and darkened marquees in the theater district and left businesses without electricity, elevators stuck and subway cars stalled. (Photo: Michael Owens/AP)
Police officers stand at the entrance to a closed subway station during a power outage Saturday, July 13, 2019, in New York. (Photo: Michael Owens/AP)

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