- Title: ITALY: SOME ELECTRICITY RETURNS TO ROME AFTER POWER CUT
- Date: 29th September 2003
- Summary: (U3) ROME, ITALY (SEPTEMBER 28, 2003) (REUTERS) 1. SLV FIREMEN AND RESCUE WORKERS IN FRONT OF TRAINSTATION 0.14 2. (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) MALE PASSENGER, MARIO, SAYING "What happened, there was a big blackout, trains are not working." 0.24 3. SLV PEOPLE WAITING INSIDE STATION; SLV TRAINS ON PLATFORMS (4 SHOTS) 0.40 4. (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) GERMAN TOURIST, GETHA, SAYING "We would like to go to Germany. We've been here since six this morning. They told us there is no electricity." 1.11 5. LAS STAIRS TO STATION PLATFORMS; MV PEOPLE TALKING WITH TRAIN DRIVER 1.23 QUALITY AS INCOMING: 6. (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) FABIO RICCARDI, TRAIN DRIVER, SAYING "We would be ready to go when the electricity comes back, we can resume services immediately." 1.31 7. SLV STATION AUDIOLOUDSPEAKER ANNOUNCING THAT NO TRAINS ARE OPERATING 1.42 QUALITY AS INCOMING: 8. SLV PEOPLE IN BARS AND SHOPS; SLV TRAFFIC LIGHTS NOT WORKING AND STREET (5 SHOTS) 2.05 (W4) MILAN, ITALY (SEPTEMBER 28, 2003) (REUTERS) 9. SLV MILAN CENTRAL RAILWAY STATION; SLV PASSENGERS AND TRAVELLERS WAITING FOR TRAINS; SCU TRAIN TIMETABLE REPORTING DELAYS (8 SHOTS) 2.43 10. SOUNDBITE (Italian) SISTER CARMELLA, NUN FROM MILAN, SAYING "We don't know what's going on, we are trying to go to Rome but at the moment there are no trains heading there. We'll have to wait to see what happens next." 2.50 11. MV PASSENGERS LOOKING FOR INFORMATION ON BOARDS 3.00 12. SOUNDBITE (English) MR. SINGH SANDHU, INDIAN PROFESSOR OF SOCIOLOGY, SAYING "Early in the morning I realised there was no electricity and when I asked the receptionist at my hotel she said this is a blackout. With a taxi I came to the train station and there are no trains. My problem is that nobody speaks English so I don't know what's going on." 3.28 13. SLV PASSENGERS EMERGING FROM ESCALATORS; MV PASSENGERS WAITING 3.49 (W4) ROME, ITALY (SEPTEMBER 28, 2003) (REUTERS) 14. SLV TRUCK PULLING ELECTRICAL TRAM ALONG TRACKS; SLV CIVIL PROTECTION OFFICERS; SLV OFFICERS STOPPING TRAFFIC ALLOWING PEDESTRIANS TO CROSS ROAD (5 SHOTS) 4.31 15. SLV RESTAURANT WITH NO POWER SERVING COLD FOOD (2 SHOTS) (QUALITY AS INCOMING) 4.46 16. 16. (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) RESTAURANT OWNER MAURIZIO ZANNI SAYING "Some of the traffic lights are back on but we still don't have power." 4.57 17. SLV SOME TRAFFIC LIGHTS WORKING (3 SHOTS) 5.13 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 14th October 2003 13:00
- Location: ROME, ITALY
- Country: Italy
- Reuters ID: LVA5WMTAAG7OMQIGBC9DYCMU8RKJ
- Story Text: Some electricity has returned to Rome after a power
cut hit a large part of Italy in the early hours of Sunday
A nation-wide power cut and heavy rain brought an
early close to Rome's first all-night street party early on
Sunday morning (September 28).
From the city centre to the suburb scores of shops,
tourist sites, and museums were set to stay open until
daybreak, accompanied by a string of special events around
the Eternal City - but the blackout put a sharp end to the
all night party.
The national grid authority said the blackout was
caused by a malfunction of incoming electricity lines from
But the huge party got off to a start earlier in the
evening, with Rome's Mayor Walter Veltroni saying that some
1 million people had turned out for the event.
The evening was modelled on the French nuit blanche in
Paris held for the first time last year, with people
flocking to some of the city's best known monuments, such
as the Trevi Fountain.
The power cut, which left trains stranded nationwide,
is the latest to hit a European country.
About five million consumers in eastern Denmark and
southern Sweden were left in the dark last Wednesday after
the worst blackout there in 20 years.
That followed last month's huge outage that left 50
million North Americans without power for up to two days
and a shutdown which paralysed London for several hours.
Italy suffered several power outages over the summer as
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