Flight operations at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport have grounded to a halt after a suffering a massive power outage around 1 pm local time on Sunday.
— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) December 17, 2017
The bustling airport that handles an average of more than 280,000 travelers a day has been plunged into pitch black darkness.
Footage captured by WSB-TV in Atlanta show airport officials making their way through darkened terminal buildings with only flashlights to guide them.
Georgia Power, the airport’s utility provider, is on the scene and working to restore power, the company said in a statement.
The company believes the outage was the result of a fire that caused extensive damage to one of its underground electrical facilities. No employees or passengers were in danger at any time, Georgia Power said.