A blackout occurred in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday due to power outage in the area. The incident was caused by faulty power line in Maryland south of Washington. It has also cut the electricity of the White House and government buildings for a few hours.
University of Maryland and a few World Bank offices were also affected by the sudden power outage, which disrupted the life of around 2,000 customers around the Washington area. Local and U.S. officials have informed that the power disruption was caused by a small explosion at a power substation in southern Maryland.
Fire extinguishers were brought in and within half an hour, the fire was put out.
Bill Smith, Fire & EMS department’s public information officer, informed the public that there were no injuries. “The power has been shut down [at the station]. Any fires that we had are out,” he said, as quoted by CNN.
Things returned to normal by 2 p.m. when power was restored, SMECO tweeted.
Smith ruled out interference of any terrorist group. “At this time, there is no indication that this outage is the result of any malicious activity,” an official from the Department of Homeland Security informed CNN.
A spokesman for Pepco also told CNN that the company is aware of the situation, and they are investigating what caused the outage.
Spokeswoman from the Capitol Hill Police Kim Schneider said power has been restored and preparation is on to deal with such outage in future.
“As Pepco attempts to resolve the problem, we are prepared for any further power outages and/or surges that may occur,” she said.
Following the power disruption, Smithsonian vacated four of its museums in D.C.