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(WASHINGTON) — A power outage knocked out power across Washington, D.C., with reports of outages at the White House, State Department, several museums and the University of Maryland campus.

An official with the Department of Homeland Security told ABC News that initial information showed the cause of the outage was an explosion in a southern Maryland power plant.

A spokesperson for the Potomac Electric Power Company said the utility company was in the process of restoring generating capacity.

Here’s a look at how residents of the area experienced Tuesday’s outage:


Power just went off in the State Dept. briefing. Hearing it’s the entire building. @marieharf says briefing will continue though…

— Alex Mallin (@alex_mallin) April 7, 2015



.@marieharf having to shine phone light on reporters asking questions here. pic.twitter.com/TF4lJYSsZX

— Alex Mallin (@alex_mallin) April 7, 2015


The White House experienced a power outage as well, but power came back within seconds, according to CBS’ Mark Knoller. It’s not clear whether the White House regained full power or a generator kicked in.


Just had a power outage in the WH. Everything went dark for a couple seconds, then power came back on.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) April 7, 2015


The power also went out at the Warner Theatre during Oprah Winfrey’s remarks at the Maya Angelou stamp event, according to ABC News’ John Parkinson.


Power went out at Warner Theatre during Oprah’s remarks at Maya Angelou stamp event; finished w/o mic; dark on stage. pic.twitter.com/ntQIFWsAfh

— John R Parkinson (@jparkABC) April 7, 2015


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