On Christmas morning, three power substations in Washington state were vandalized, causing a power outage for approximately 15,000 people.
A power substation is a facility that converts high-voltage electricity into lower-voltage electricity that homes and businesses can use. It is typically a large, fenced-off area with electrical equipment inside.
According to reports, the first substation was damaged at around 2:30 A.M., controlled by Puget Sound Energy.
This caused a power outage for about 7,700 customers, but the company was able to restore power to these customers by 5 A.M.
Later in the morning, at around 5:30 A.M., another substation was damaged by vandals, according to Tacoma Public Utilities. This caused a power outage for about 7,300 customers.
According to the sheriff’s office, a second substation was also damaged shortly after. However, the utility company was able to restore power to all but 2,700 customers by noon.
In all three cases, someone broke into the fenced-off area near the substations and damaged equipment, causing the substations to be temporarily out of order.
It is currently unclear if the attacks were coordinated or how the equipment was damaged. However, officials are investigating the incident, and no arrests have been made.