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Brussels was plunged into darkness 'in all directions' tonight following a 'massive power cut' in the city.

It is believed the northern part of the EU capital has been affected the worst with the cause still to be identified.

Power firm Sibelga, which handles gas and electricity services in the city, and power network operator Elia have confirmed there is a fault in the grid, with repair teams on site.

Sirens have been heard across the city, which was the victim of a terrorist attack last March.

Brussels is plunged into darkness as EU capital is hit by massive power cut


Brussels plunged into darkness following power cut in the Belgian capital

The northern part of the city is believed to be the worst affected

It is currently unknown how many people are without electricity


By Joseph Curtis For Mailonline
10 February 2017

Brussels was plunged into darkness 'in all directions' tonight following a 'massive power cut' in the city.

It is believed the northern part of the EU capital has been affected the worst with the cause still to be identified.

Power firm Sibelga, which handles gas and electricity services in the city, and power network operator Elia have confirmed there is a fault in the grid, with repair teams on site.

Sirens have been heard across the city, which was the victim of a terrorist attack last March.


A power cut has swept across Brussels tonight, plunging much of the city into darkness, pictured


Some EU buildings still have some power but the majority of the Belgian capital has been hit by the outage


The cause of the power cut remains unknown as residents use candles to provide light, pictured

The power outage is understood to have happened at around 10.45pm local time and it is currently unknown how many people are without power.

Sibelga has been keeping people updated via Twitter and said power was currently being restored 'zone by zone'.

The suburbs of Evere, Woluwe-Saint-Lambert and Schaerbeek have all been affected.

An earlier power cut is understood to have hit a smaller part of the city earlier in the evening but was 'resolved by 8.30pm'.

Residents have been forced to use candles and have posted pictures of their efforts to restore light on social media.

Lights are still on in some EU buildings, including the European Council and European Commission headquarters.


Some residents are currently seeing the funny side, spelling out 'help' in candles


Power firms have confirmed a fault in the network with repair teams 'on site' working to fix the issue

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