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(CNN) -- A blackout turned out the lights in New York City and parts of New Jersey, Ohio, Michigan, Connecticut and Canada on Thursday.


Mayor Michael Bloomberg: "I was just across the river in the city, in Brooklyn, as a matter of fact ... I was actually sitting at a table and it was pretty bright, and I did not notice that the lights went out. And somebody tapped me on the shoulder and said the lights went out."

Frances deSouza: "I was stuck between the first and second floor. It was right between the floors. I couldn't get out, they had to take the roof off and then they had to use a ladder and then come up through the elevator."


Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton: "I was in my office in Midtown Manhattan. I was on one of the lower floors meeting with my summer interns ... when the lights went out and we were told to evacuate the building."

Ray Lynch: The D train conductor was stopped on the tracks near the corner of Central Park West and West 66th Street with about 800 people on the train.

Conde Fletcher was a passenger on the D train: "What I did was just got up and walked to the back so I could get some air, and I found the conductor assisting the people outside, so they get out and walked through the tunnel of the exit emergency escape door. And I stood there until I helped everyone, especially with the babies and the senior citizens and all the ladies, so they can get out first because we had a few handicapped people in there, as well."


New York Gov. George Pataki: "I was in the Adirondacks on vacation."

Alex MacDonald was stuck on a train in Cleveland, Ohio: "We stopped in the middle of tunnel, completely dark. The conductor led us down the steps. We couldn't see anything. We kind of pulled and slithered through the site. ... We went through the tunnels looking for vampires -- no luck -- we got out safely."

Kim Hicks was on the Cyclone roller coaster at a Six Flags amusement park in Agawam, Massachusetts: "We sat there about 20 minutes and they finally came to walk us off." The park regained power a short time later.

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