The cell phone network collapsed, traffic lights failed and trams stopped. A power failure in Dresden caused chaos. The police are investigating.
Dresden – After the large-scale power outage in Dresden on Monday, the police are continuing to investigate the exact cause. 300,000 households and industrial customers in Dresden and the surrounding area were temporarily affected by the blackout. The emergency power generators started up in the Dresden clinics and in the town hall. Otherwise, the power failure caused a lot of chaos. The disturbance was noticeable even in cities like Radebeul, Radeberg and Freital.
Massive blackout in Dresden – large-scale deployment of fire and rescue workers
People got stuck in elevators. Numerous emergency calls were received by the Dresden fire brigade and the ambulance service. The fire brigade deployed 24 times to rescue people from elevators. Automatic fire alarm systems caused four false alarms. The Georg-Arnold-Bad was flooded by sewage because a lifting system did not work due to the power failure. Rescuers also went out several times to see patients whose home ventilators only worked for a limited time as a result of the power failure.
SachsenEnergie announced that the electricity in Dresden stopped at exactly 1:53 p.m. And further: “The reason for this was a failure of the 110-kilovolt system due to a malfunction in the Dresden Süd transformer station.”
Power outage in Dresden: was it an attack?
When searching for the cause of the malfunction, the police found charred remains of a balloon. It is still unclear whether the metal-coated balloon, which presumably caused the power failure, was controlled in a targeted manner or accidentally reached the neuralgic point of the Dresden Süd feed-in substation, said a police spokesman on Tuesday morning. (ml with material from dpa) * Merkur.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA