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Old 07-14-2011   #1
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Power outage throws Hannover into chaos

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Power outage throws Hannover into chaos
Published: 14 Jul 11 07:31 CET

A major power failure caused chaos in Hannover and the neighbouring town of Langenhagen Wednesday night as vandals smashed storefronts and looted goods, authorities said.



Police said Thursday morning that looters had smashed store windows and stolen goods when the power went completely out for about 20 minutes between 10:40 pm and 11 pm. A fire broke out at the medical school, but was quickly brought under control.

Several burglaries were reported and train stations were left completely in the dark, although Hannover’s central station was able to use an emergency power supply, as were police stations and the international airport.

Police said they were compiling a detailed overview of the night's drama.

A spokesman for the fire department described the incident as confusing and said officials had struggled to reach people at the local utility company for help.

Trains had to pass slowly through darkened stations for safety reasons, causing a series of delays, although a spokesman said train traffic was ultimately not seriously affected.

Officials blamed the outage on a technical fault at a power station that plays a particularly important part in the power grid and could not quickly be replaced. But the utility company managed to cobble together power from other sources.

Blackouts are a long-running security concern for the German government, which has faced them before – mostly during stormy or snowy weather.

Three years ago, a study said the government was unprepared for massive power outages, which could cripple emergency services’ computers nationwide.

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Power outages are not very common over here unless some rare and very heavy storms cut important power lines. I'm a bit shocked that people used their chance to 'riot'..
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Re: Power outage throws Hannover into chaos

20 minutes? god damn what a bunch of assholes.

ya know, it's almost as if they were planning to riot that night anyway.
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Re: Power outage throws Hannover into chaos

^ Not too sure about it. I guess it were just a bunch of people taking their chance to break into that shopping mall. Doesn't make it any better, though.
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Re: Power outage throws Hannover into chaos

Every time I read this thread title, I think "Hannalore", not "Hanover". Gotta stop reading Questionable Content....
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Re: Power outage throws Hannover into chaos

Wow. I guess there's more to Hanover than meets the eye. When I visited it struck me as a bit of a ritzy place... I can picture it more a little further south, but Hanover isn't the first place I would've thought folks would go berserk after a twenty minute power outage. Shows what I know.

I wonder what compelled the riot. Panic? Need? I'm glad things weren't worse.
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Looters after 20 minute power outages? Wow. That's really bad. Is there a lot of crime there normally?
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Re: Power outage throws Hannover into chaos

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Every time I read this thread title, I think "Hannalore", not "Hanover". Gotta stop reading Questionable Content....
"Power outage throws Hannalore into chaos" .. mh, could make sense though ^_^

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Wow. I guess there's more to Hanover than meets the eye. When I visited it struck me as a bit of a ritzy place... I can picture it more a little further south, but Hanover isn't the first place I would've thought folks would go berserk after a twenty minute power outage. Shows what I know.

I wonder what compelled the riot. Panic? Need? I'm glad things weren't worse.
I guess it was rather the 'possibility' then a need that led the 'riot', that lead the people to plunder a few stores.
I'd have never thought that something like that would happen Hanover - in Berlin or Hamburg, maybe, but in Hanover?

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Looters after 20 minute power outages? Wow. That's really bad. Is there a lot of crime there normally?
Not that I know of. It actually is the first time I heard of that during, in these parts rare, power outages.

I wonder what would happen if there would be a longer blackout in Berlin.
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