Kim Halterman sells ice from the doorway of a 7-Eleven in Royal Oak, Mich., during the power outage that hit the Detroit area. A national power outage spread into Michigan Aug. 14, darkening buildings and traffic lights from downtown Detroit to the state Capitol.
Marie Vortkamp, left, of Detroit, and friend James Ferriole of Grosse Pointe, Mich. shop for groceries with the help of a flashlight Aug. 14, 2003. A multistate power outage spread into Michigan, darkening buildings and traffic lights from downtown Detroit to the state Capitol.
Customers line up to buy supplies Aug. 14, 2003 at the Yorkshire Food Market in Detroit after power was lost to much of the eastern United States.
Using a flashlight, John Piccinino searches for supplies at a drugstore in Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich., Aug. 14, 2003.
Employee Joe Kendziuk, left, writes up a receipt as Leia Morse, right, takes a case of bottled water at a Target store Aug. 14, 2003, in Sterling Heights, Mich. The store was having customers come in one at a time to buy essentials, due to the power blackout in the northeast and Canada.
Restaurant owner Hiroshi Tanimoto, left, watches passersby as accountant Ken Heiler does the books in the evening light at the entrance to the Murasaki restaurant Aug. 14, 2003, in East Lansing, Mich. The restaurant had to close but Tanimoto said "at least we're not stuck in an elevator."
Officer Garon of the Sterling Heights Police Department directs traffic at the corner of Van Dyke and 14 mile roads in Sterling Heights, Mich., after a power outage Aug. 14, 2003. Van Dyke road is a major north-south street in southeast Michigan.
Customers wait in line to buy essential items at a grocery store in Grosse Pointe, Mich., Aug. 14, 2003. A power outage that hit the Detroit area had people flocking for ice, batteries, water and infant products.
Patrons at the Village Idiot Bar talk Aug. 14, 2003, in Detroit after a power blackout struck much of the northeastern United States and southern Canada.
Wayne Goodin and his son, Jacob, 10, try to rest early Aug. 15, 2003, at the community event center in Melvindale, Mich., after an explosion at the Marathon Oil refinery, caused police to evacuate hundreds of people who lived nearby. Officials said the blast was linked to the nation's massive power outage.