Washington D.C. was struck by scattered but widespread power outages on Tuesday afternoon, with the White House temporarily left without electricity.
Apart from the White House, other federal agencies that were briefly left in dark or forced to rely on backup emergency generators include the Department of State, the Department of Justice, the Smithsonian Institution and several other downtown buildings in Washington.
The electricity was resumed at the White House by 1:20 pm.
The power outage also hit the city’s Metro rail system as 13 stations were forced to use backup power to operate the trains normally. However, some escalators and elevators remained inoperable due to the power failure.
As per the official figures, approximately 28,000 metro riders were affected in the incident.
Meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security turned down the reports of any link of power interruption with any terror activity. According to the reports, the power failure was likely caused due to an explosion at a Maryland electrical facility which is responsible for the creation of a power surge.
Josh Earnest, press secretary at the White House, said that the Homeland Security Department has “indicated they don’t currently see a nexus to terrorism or anything like that in the power outages”.