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Originally posted by justyc
can they not survive a while without lights or heating?
Originally posted by Griff
Why would the metal detectors be on a different grid?
The Capitol Power Plant began providing electricity in 1910; today, it provides steam for heating and chilled water for cooling buildings within the Capitol Complex.
Mary-Beth Hutchinson, a spokeswoman for Potomac Electric Power Co., said the electricity shut off automatically after there was "a momentary drop in voltage due to customer operations up the lines" away from the Capitol.
Nearby office buildings were not affected by the outage.
Originally posted by LazarusTheLong
if they didn't have triple redundancy, i would be surprised...
every other government building that i know of, has some sort of backup power source.