Stir was caused briefly on Tuesday at 1 p.m. by an explosion which occurred at a power station, just a stone’s throw away from Washington DC – that is – about 35 miles southeast from the capital of the USA, in Charles County, Maryland. This immediately led to blackout in various parts of the city, including the White House and numerous other places such as the Capitol, important train stations and museums.
Even if initially authorities kept an eye on the possibility of a terrorist attack – given the recent rumors that Iran and China might have gained access in some American electric companies – this idea was eventually excluded after careful investigations.
Some of the problems were solved at the drop of a hat, thanks to generators. This was the case of the White House, where some staff offices were left in the dark for a very short while before the situation was solved. According to officials, President Obama, who was at the time in the Oval Office, did not perceive any problems caused by the power surge. At the State Department, part of spokeswoman Marie Harf’s speech was given in complete darkness, as she did not interrupt it after the lights went off. The U.S Capitol was also closed twice but, due to generators, the issue was quickly solved. Some subway stations turned their emergency power on quickly after the problems occurred. Nevertheless, trains remained unaffected and went on working as usual.
No chaos was reported during the incident. However, some people had to be evacuated from elevators at the University of Maryland and the entire campus had to be closed because of the lack of electricity. At the same time, some people must have felt they had been waiting for donkey’s years for a few museums to reopen, as they were shut for more than two hours. Traffic was also affected in several parts of the city because some traffic light went dark.
What caused this unexpected power cut, one may wonder. Experts classified this situation as something that might happen on a regular basis. The only difference seems to be that on Tuesday it occurred on a larger extent. No one was hurt, even if Pepco and the Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative admitted there was an explosion at the Power Station in Maryland, without being able to tell if anything went ablaze.
This piece of news confirmed that even the smallest mechanical failure might result into disarray as soon as computer screens go dark in major corporate buildings, in the most important city in the U.S.A.
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