An equipment failure is to blame for a region-wide power outage that impacted the White House, the Capitol, the University of Maryland and other buildings throughout D.C. and Maryland on Tuesday afternoon, according to a power company official.
Officials reported that about 12:30 p.m., a ceramic insulator broke free from its support structure and fell onto a 230 KV transmission line. The falling line caused arcing and a grass fire. Some reported the sound of the high voltage short as sounding like an explosion. The incident occurred at a power switching station in rural Charles County, Md. The station is owned by Pepco and Southern Maryland Electric Co.
The power outages affected the White House, the Capitol and other buildings throughout D.C. and Maryland. While there was no loss of a permanent electric supply, a dip in voltage caused monitoring equipment to transfer to backup systems.
There were the usual reports of people stuck in elevators and escalators not working and the University of Maryland closed their campus early due to the outage.
In all, no injuries or fatalities were reported and officials expected that power would be returned to all customers by Wednesday morning.
So, this was a brief taste of a power outage that only lasted a matter of minutes for most inhabitants. Still, it wasn’t a pleasant experience for those trapped in an elevator or in a darkened building without electricity.
Just imagine if the power was out for several days. I wonder how long it would take for the fire department to rescue all of the people who were trapped in elevators.
And what about those poor panicked democrats who became trapped on non-working escalators – wouldn’t they deserve rescue too?
This was but a taste, a tiny taste of what could become a disaster situation if the outage lasted for just a few days.