Blackout decades ago turned into a night of crime
During the blackout decades ago, people did not help guide traffic and take it in stride -- like they did Saturday. Back then, a crime rampage broke out as people filled the pitch-black streets, looting and setting stores ablaze.
All across Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Bronx, more than 1,000 fires were set -- 60 of them major. Nearly 2,000 properties were vandalized, two people died and 436 police officers were injured, a government study says.
"For the looters, vandals and arsonists, it was Christmas in July, a fiesta, a carnival, a holiday," Milton Lewis with CNN affiliate KABC said.