FBI joins investigation into North Carolina power outage

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One North Carolina county has now been placed under a state of emergency following a mass power outage that could leave tens of thousands of people without electricity for days. Local law enforcement officials believe the outage was intentionally caused by gunfire, and is now being investigated as a criminal act.

  • CNN – With no suspects or motive announced, the FBI is joining the investigation into power outages in a North Carolina county believed to have been caused by “intentional” and “targeted” attacks on substations that left around 40,000 customers in the dark Saturday night, prompting a curfew and emergency declaration.
  • FOX NEWS – Moore County Sheriff Ronnie Fields said in a Facebook post on Saturday that just after 7 p.m. on that night, several communities across the county began to experience power outages. Duke Energy, which operates the power grid in the county, responded to at least two different substations and there was evidence of intentional vandalism at both, Fields said.
  • NPR – “We faced something last night, here in Moore County, that we’ve never faced before,” the county’s sheriff, Ronnie Fields, said at a press conference on Sunday afternoon. “But I promise you, we are going to get through this, and we are going to get through this together.” 
  • ASSOCIATED PRESS – The sheriff noted that the FBI was working with state investigators to determine who was responsible. He also said “it was targeted.”