Published Jul 13, 2017 at 7:22 AM | Updated at 8:19 AM EDT on Jul 13, 2017
Forty years ago, lightning cut power to almost all of the city. For two days, New Yorkers were in the dark. The Son of Sam killer was still out there. There was looting. And vandalism. And there were heroes. Here's a look back at the dramatic scenes starting on July 13, 1977.