28 Apr 2009

Third power blackout in Sydney

4:45 pm on 28 April 2009

A power blackout hit central Sydney on Tuesday for the third time in a month.

EnergyAustralia said a cable failure cut power to about 30,000 businesses and homes.

Trading on the Australian stock exchange was not affected. Trains also continued running in and out of the city.

A severe power blackout caused peak-hour traffic jams in downtown Sydney at the end of last month. Dozens of people were stranded in lifts.

Days later, a second blackout cut power to 50,000 customers for an hour, stopping 50 sets of traffic lights, closing a tunnel under Sydney Harbour and again trapping people in lifts.