Power outage plunges Toronto, visiting Queen, into darkness
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Last Updated: Tuesday, July 06, 2010, 10:14
Ottawa: An explosion at a Toronto power facility has plunged Canada's largest metropolis into darkness, and disrupted a state dinner for Queen Elizabeth II, local media reported on Tuesday.

The blackout hit at about 5:30 local time (2130 GMT), affecting the city's subway, several commuter trains and traffic lights at the height of the evening rush hour, said public broadcaster CBC.

Some 250,000 people were also without electricity amid an extreme heat alert, it said. Temperatures in the city hit 34 degrees Celsius.

The queen, at the end of a nine-day trip to Canada with her husband, Prince Philip, was to attend a state dinner hosted by Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the Royal York Hotel in downtown Toronto, but the hotel was without power.


First Published: Tuesday, July 06, 2010, 10:14

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