Widespread power outages hit White House, Washington D.C.

An explosion at a power plant in southern Maryland triggered a power outage across Washington, D.C. and nearby areas — including at the White House, U.S. Capitol, State Department, Homeland Security officials said on Tuesday.

According to The Washington Post, the explosion happened at a plant owned by Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative facility in Charles County.

The power surge at the White House lasted for about 10 seconds while a press briefing continued in the dark over at the State Department. Power outages lasted longer in other parts of the city, forcing evacuations.

Other affected buildings in the nation’s capital included the Justice Department and Smithsonian museums. U.S. Department of Homeland Security said it will continue to closely monitor the outages in D.C. and said there are no indication that the power outage was a “result of malicious activity.”

Pepco Holdings Co. said on Twitter that it experienced dip in voltage due to an issue with a transmission line shortly before 1 p.m. EDT, and they are working to repair the equipment at the facility. You can see a real time outage map on Pepco’s website.