Over the weekend, two substations in North Carolina were broken into and damaged by gunfire. 40,000 residents are without power for a few days. The individuals responsible have not yet been found.
Multiple pieces of equipment have been damaged and will need to be replaced. In response to ongoing outages, officials announced a state of emergency that included a curfew from 9 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Also, Moore County schools will be closed Monday.
This is the second organized attack in the U.S. whereby a group of individuals damaged a substation with gunfire. The first was PG&E’s Metcalf substation near San Jose, California back in 2013. The sheriff’s department noted that the FBI was working with NC state investigators to determine who was responsible.