Power failure plunges parts of Brussels into darkness

Tweet: Brussels blackout: Few lights returning

A widespread power outage plunged parts of the Belgian capital Brussels into darkness on Thursday night.

Pictures posted on social media showed blacked-out streets, lit only by a handful of car headlights and torches.

The power outage hit the neighbourhoods of Schaerbeek, Evere and Saint-Josse,

Sibelga, the power company, and Elia, the network operator, confirmed there was a fault in the city's electricity grid and said power was gradually being restored to affected areas.

The power failure reportedly began at about 22.45 local time (21:45 GMT).

Traffic lights were reportedly knocked out in parts of the city.

The cause of the power failure is still unknown.

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