The White House, the Capitol, and other government buildings were plunged into darkness on Tuesday due to scattered power outages in the D.C. area.
SMECO said the outages were widespread throughout the area.
The outage is believed to have been caused by an explosion at a Maryland power plant, a Homeland Security spokesperson told the Associated Press.
Pepco said on Twitter that the outage was due to a "dip in voltage in the Washington D.C. area."
They said it was caused by an issue with a "transmission line" in Maryland.
"There was never a loss of permanent electric supply but dip in voltage caused equipment at some facilities to transfer to backup systems," it said.
Instagram users reported that the Metro stations were being shut down.
However, the Metro tweeted that the trains were running as of 1:30 p.m. ET.
Thousands of residents of Maryland reportedly saw outages.
Even Oprah was affected!
It made a trip to the National Portrait Gallery a little more difficult.
The Smithsonian evacuated guests from its museums.
However, the White House briefing room was apparently spared.
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