Traffic jams ensued on the streets of San Diego with speeds less than five mph as the norm. In San Diego-based Seaworld and Legoland, many were stranded on rides waiting to be released. Phone lines all over town were shut down and people were stuck in elevators. Flight delays were agonizing, affecting much of air traffic in southern California.
It's rumored that the blackout was timed to coincide with 9/11 and that terrorists were to blame for the power outage. That aside, most agree that it was a combination of the maintenance worker's mistakes and the record high temperatures. San Diego wasn't alone in losing power, parts of Arizona, Orange County, and even Baja California felt the effects of the blackout. The area surrounding San Diego has few power plants, which lengthened the blackout. Mike Niggli, President of San Diego Gas and Electric Co., says that no one is to blame for the incident; especially the maintenance worker; and that investigators are working on finding out the cause of the blackout. Until then, Mr. Niggli says he will establish a system restoration plan which will continue to provide power to San Diego.
Written By: Winston Khuu