Power blackout hits Brussels

19th September 2011, Comments 4 comments

European Parliament staff had to be evacuated Monday when a power cut paralysed parts of the Belgian capital Brussels.

Several areas of the city were left without power after a fire in an electrical station, network operator Elia said.

Buildings housing the Council of the European Union, the European Commission and the parliament were among those hit by the blackout, officials contacted by AFP said.

Parliament spokesman Jaume Duch said staff had been evacuated for safety reasons.

"At about 2:00 pm (1200 GMT) a fire in an Elia transformer caused a power cut in the European quarter," fellow network operator Sibelga said on its website.

Fire crews and engineers attended the scene but had difficulty accessing the station through the smoke, Elia said.

Other transformers were shut down as a precaution, spreading the blackout to other parts of the city.

The fault was close to being resolved by 5:00 pm (1500 GMT), Elia said.

Witnesses said traffic lights in the European quarter were affected by the power cut but the metro was running as normal.

© 2011 AFP

3 Comments To This Article

  • Roland Verboon posted:

    on 22nd September 2011, 22:55:49 - Reply

    Glory to the God of Israel. His message had to be heard. Brussels is a very divided city, as everybody knows. So how smart is it actually to divide Jerusalem? Jerusalem is the capitol of Israel only! Palestine is one big hoax!
  • Naomi Yisraela posted:

    on 21st September 2011, 09:51:53 - Reply

    Praise Adonai hopw great is our God in Him we find shelter in Him we are safe and He shall do battle for His people and above all His holy land Israël and Jerusalaim.
    Do not be afraid for those that are against you oh Sion because God has heart your cry and He shall do battle for you
    El Elohim Jisraël Baruch Haba B'shem Adonai Yeshua Ha Massiach.
    Praise YaHuWaHu Adonai the God of Abraham, Isaäc and Jabob for He is the one God that created heaven and earth and all living things on this planet, He is our Maker our Salvation, our Savior and our KING!
    Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord the Alpha and Omega the beginning and the end Yeshua Ha Massiach also called Jesus Christ.
  • Pieter A Meijer posted:

    on 20th September 2011, 12:36:27 - Reply

    Praise YaHuWaHu Adonai!
    There is NO G'D like Him.
    Whit 800 people, whe had a biggest publical listners as possible in the sercumstans of the space there. Excuse for mine English. But:
    Am Yisra-El Chai.