Elevators ground to a halt, lights winked out and computer screens went dark across downtown Seattle late Wednesday morning as a major power outage struck. The cause of the disruption was an equipment failure at Massachusetts Street Substation at about 11:30 a.m. and the outage lasted about an hour before being restored at 12:30 p.m., according to Seattle City Light.

The outage caused major problems across the downtown area. Seattle Fire Department officials said they responded to 15 elevator rescues and 10 automatic fire alarms. Even Seattle City Light itself lost power, KUOW reports. READ MORE