Capitol dome lights go dark

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 8:43am

The lights on the U.S. Capitol Dome briefly went dark Wednesday night as gusty winds blew through the District of Columbia.

The power failure happened around 8:30pm after both the Senate and the House of Representatives had adjourned for the night.

"High winds in the DC area are currently causing electrical power surges that impacted power supply to the Capitol," Architect of the Capitol spokesman Matt Guilfoyle told CNN.

The power surge also knocked out lights on the Capitol grounds, according to U.S. Capitol Police spokesman Officer Shennell Antrobus.

After the electrical failure, police searched the Capitol complex for outages and damage while maintaining a "security posture, according to Antrobus.

Capitol staff members made repairs and had the lights on the dome again by 9 p.m.

Strong winds blew through the Washington metropolitan region Wednesday night knocking out power to more than 50,000 residents in the District and in surrounding Maryland and Virginia, according to local power companies.

Architect of the Capitol staff will continue to monitor the situation throughout the night, Guilfoyle said.


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