A power failure has knocked out electricity to some parts of downtown Detroit, including City Hall and several court buildings.
DTE Energy Co. spokesman Scott Simons says Wednesday afternoon's outage followed a cable failure and that the city's Public Lighting Department was working on the problem.
Detroit Frank Murphy Hall of Justice has been evacuated after its courtrooms were left in the dark, and trials and other proceedings have been shut down.
The nearby 36th District Court also has lost power as have several buildings on Wayne State University's campus in Midtown.
Detroit's above-ground People Mover rail system downtown also is without power.