Power outages in Washington affect White House, government buildings

April 7, 2015 20:14

WASHINGTON - Scattered outages in the US capital on Tuesday cut power to several government buildings, including the White House, State Department, Capitol and Justice Department.

The State Department's daily news briefing was suspended after power was lost. A department announcement said the main building and other nearby buildings were affected because electricity feeders were down.

The US Capitol complex was operating using a backup generator, one congressional aide said. Some subway stations in Washington were running on emergency lighting, according to the city's transportation authority.

Power company Pepco was not immediately available for comment.

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