Detroit police, jails and other municipal buildings plunged into darkness


Detroit is in the midst of a major power outage that has affected most of downtown and even interrupted an infamous court case.

The city has lost power to municipal buildings including fire, police, jails, traffic lights and schools, a spokesperson has confirmed. The lights reportedly went out around 10:30 a.m.

Images from local media show many buildings downtown without power. Several people have been reported stuck in elevators. At least 100 buildings in the Motor City are reportedly affected.

All schools are in the dark and have been dismissed early, according to WDIV.

Many buildings including Joe Louis Arena, Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice and parts of Wayne State University are being evacuated, the Detroit News is reporting.

The lights are also reportedly out at every single fire house in the city.

The Robert Bashara murder-for-hire trial, which has made headlines around the country, was reportedly stopped by the power outage -- the second such incident since the trial began.

"This is unusual ... it's cold. They don't own a generator? They should look into that," Michelle Devroy groaned to the paper.

The power outage has also affected the People Mover, an above-ground trolley service.

No cause has yet been given.

This is a developing story, more information will come as it is made available.

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