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UpInArms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-13-08 08:14 AM
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Power outage, fire snarls Washington D.C. rush hour
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Edited on Fri Jun-13-08 08:16 AM by UpInArms
Source: Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A widespread power outage and subway fire left Washington dark and snarled traffic during the morning rush hour on Friday, power and transit officials said.

The Department of Homeland Security said there appeared to be no link to terrorism.

Pepco officials were investigating why a power substation failed at 10th St. around 7:30 a.m., leaving about 7,500 customers in the dark, Pepco spokeswoman Rhonda Ellis said.

Emergency crews had extinguished a fire near the Dupont Circle subway stop but commuters should expect delays of up to an hour through the morning, said a spokeswoman with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

"It is not yet known if the power problem and the fire are related," spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said in a recorded message.

The power outage darkened traffic lights downtown. Pedestrians screamed at cars to stop and let the elderly cross the streets.

The White House was running on backup power, a spokesman said.

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