Armed attack on North Carolina substations leaves thousands without power; police looking for suspect

Authorities announced a state of emergency that included a curfew from 9 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday.

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Officials said Sunday that power may not be restored until Monday or Tuesday in a central North Carolina county. which experienced a widespread power outage which is being investigated for a crime.

The power outages, which left at least 40,000 customers without electricity and knocked out sewage pumps throughout the area, were caused by the intentional impact of multiple pieces of equipment on the substation, said Jeff Brooks, a spokesman for Duke Energy.

The extended power outage is because power can’t be diverted like during a storm and equipment will need to be repaired or even replaced, Brooks said.

An attack like this against critical infrastructure is a serious and intentional crime, and I hope state and federal authorities fully investigate. and bring those responsible to justice,” Governor Roy Cooper tweeted.

Moore County Sheriff Ronnie Fields told a news conference Sunday that the authorities have not yet determined the reasons. He noted that someone stopped and “opened fire on the substation, and the same thing happened with the other one.”

“No group has come forward to acknowledge or accept their responsibility,” Fields said. “We are looking at all possibilities.”

Moore County Sheriff Ronnie Fields said his office is working with the FBI and other state agencies to investigate.

Given the emergency, it was established that there will be a curfew starting at 9 pm ET on Sunday and schools will be closed on Monday.

A state of emergency went into effect as of Sunday afternoon, and a shelter has been opened at the Moore County Sports Complex.

Police are asking anyone with information about the alleged incident, which the sheriff’s office described as an “act of violence,” to contact them.

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