Scattered power outages hit key Washington D.C. buildings



Scattered power outages hit the State Department, White House, U.S. Capitol and Justice Department Tuesday, apparently the result of a fire at a Maryland power plant.

Some power was reported quickly restored but Pepco, the main utility company, estimated on its website map it could be Tuesday night or later Wednesday morning before power was back in some outer areas.

A spokesman for the Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative told Fox News there had been a fire at one of its transmission centers and about 26,000 customers were affected. SMECO is networked with Pepco.

On Tuesday afternoon, Pepco issued a statement saying,  “Shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday we experienced a dip in voltage in the Washington D.C. area. This was caused by an issue with a transmission line. There was never a loss of permanent supply of electricity to customers….The momentary outage occurred because of customer equipment responding to a dip in voltage. Customers should be able to operate their own equipment at this time. There are no current supply problems.”

D.C. Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management spokeswoman Robyn Johnson said about 8,000 customers in Washington were affected.