Maple Street is a small and peaceful street. People come and go down the street.
A meteor crashes down on Maple Street causing all the power to go out. Even the cars and battery powered items don't work.
Goodman's car starts when no one else can get theirs going. People become suspicious as his car turns on and off. His porch lights also turn off and on. Tommy, a young boy, starts relating this situation to one of his comic books.
The street becomes a mad house. The neighbors all blame one another. Charlie doesn't recognize Peter when he comes out of the darkness. Charlie shoots (and kills) Peter out of fear.
The neighbors become more and more aggressive. They follow the lights from house to house, always finding someone new to blame.
Two anonymous figures stand in the darkness overlooking Maple Street. They say how Maple Street is ordinary and no different from any other street.