No link to terrorism in Washington power outages

2015-04-07 21:42
A couple walks across a snow-covered National Mall near the US Capitol after a snow storm in Washington. (Saul Loeb, AFP)

A couple walks across a snow-covered National Mall near the US Capitol after a snow storm in Washington. (Saul Loeb, AFP)

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Washington - Widespread power outages affected sites across Washington and its suburbs on Tuesday. Officials have cited an explosion at a power plant in the adjoining state of Maryland as the cause and say there is no known link to terrorism.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest says Homeland Security has "indicated they don't currently see a nexus to terrorism or anything like that" in the outages.

The White House, State Department, Justice Department and Capitol were all briefly affected. Power also went out at the University of Maryland and various Smithsonian museums. Several were evacuated.

Metro, the city's public transport operator, said 14 of its 91 public transit stations were affected. A spokesman says power to the trains remains on and trains are moving system wide.

By officials' counts, at least 28 000 customers in the metro area were affected.

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