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Contributed by: John Otto
Contributed on: June 29, 2012

Which blackout(s) did you experience?
1965 (Great Northeast Blackout)

In your own words, tell the story of your experience in the blackout(s). Try to recall specific events and the people, places, and things involved; also include more general reactions, images adn last impressions?
I was outside my parents house on Elmer St. In Wantagh, NY. My sister and I were called in for dinner. Facing the house from the street, I was looking west toward the city.

I saw a fireball the approximate size of the setting sun hurtling across the sky from the south moving to the north. I was ten at the time but I still remember the sight and the sound of it.

After seeing it we went into the house and I was trying to explain it to dad, who was busy trying to figure out what happened to the electric.

One thing I can not figure is why all the commuters, and millions of other people didn't see what was a spectacular sight.

Did either blackout seem significant or shocking at the time?
Neither was significant

Did the blackout(s) have any larger meaning in your mind?
No

Did the blackout(s) cause any profound crisis?
No

How did the blackout(s) affect your daily reliance on electricity?
Became less reliant

Cite as: John Otto, Story #2194, The Blackout History Project, 29 June 2012, <http://blackout.gmu.edu/details/2194/>.
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