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Power Outages in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö

Published måndag 9 oktober 2006 kl 11.09

Sweden’s three largest cities experienced power shortages of different kids during the weekend.

In Gothenburg more than 50,000 households lost power for around two hours Sunday night. During the outage youth gangs broke windows in shops and schools, and threw rocks at police who tried to intervene. No one was detained, and the damage stopped when street lighting returned around midnight.

The electrical company Eon is investigating if the failure of a power station in Malmö was caused by sabotage. More than 25,000 households were without electricity for about an hour Saturday night. Several people were seen running away from the transformer station, and witnesses reported an explosion.

Finally, an electrical fire in a commuter train at Stockholm’s central station knocked out both local and long distance rail traffic Sunday night. Trains were delayed by between 30 and 45 minutes while rescue workers put out the fire. There were no injuries.

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