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Power restored after massive outage in parts of Toronto Tuesday night

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Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 7:04 AM -

The power is back on after a massive outage that plunged the city of Toronto into darkness Tuesday night.

There's no word yet on what may have caused the blackout in the city's west end, but Hydro One officials say they are investigating.


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"The cause of the outage is currently under investigation," the company said in a statement. "There were no injuries or health and safety issues reported due to the incident."

Earlier in the night Hydro One had said the blackout was due to a problem in its transmission system.

The outage happened at around 9 pm, leaving thousands without power in freezing cold temperatures.

According to Hydro One, the blackout covered an area bordered by Yonge Street, Lawrence Avenue, Mississauga and Dupont Street with some neighbourhoods further south and east also affected.

The power was fully restored just before 11 pm.

Social media lit up with the hashtag #darkTO within minutes of the outage.

The city's transit committee used its social media accounts to inform people of delays due to the signal issues caused by a lack of power.

Fire crews were also called in to free people from as many as a dozen stalled elevators across the affected area, according to the CBC.

With files from CBC

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