In what is becoming a very alarming trend, 4 power substations were vandalized in Washington State over the Christmas weekend. The act of violence resulted in 14,000 customers losing their power on Christmas Day.
As if soaring electricity rates, rolling blackouts and forecasted supply shortages of solar equipment weren’t reason enough to consider adding a solar energy system to your home in Maine, you can add deliberate acts of violence to the list.
There are currently no arrests, nor even any suspects.
ABC News reports:
“The search continued Monday for vandals who targeted four power substations on Christmas Day in Pierce County, Washington, setting fire to at least one of the facilities and knocking out power to more than 14,000 utility customers, authorities said.
Two of the break-ins were at Tacoma Public Utilities substations and two others were at a Puget Sound Energy station, according to the sheriff’s office in Pierce County, which encompasses Tacoma.
No arrests have been announced.
The vandalism came amid a string of similar sabotage incidents across the country, including several in the Northwest, and follows a bulletin issued last month by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security warning that critical infrastructure could be among the targets of possible attacks by “lone offenders and small groups motivated by a range of ideological beliefs and/or personal grievances.”
“It is unknown if there are any motives or if this was a coordinated attack on the power systems,” the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
The substation attacks unfolded Sunday between 2:39 a.m. and 7:21 p.m. local time, authorities said. In all four episodes, the saboteurs broke into the fenced-off power stations and deliberately damaged equipment, according to the sheriff’s office.
Officials initially said three power stations were vandalized, but early Monday morning they said a fourth substation was damaged in a deliberately caused fire near the city of Graham, cutting power to homes in Kapowsin and Graham.”https://abcnews.go.com/US/2-power-substations-attacked-washington-state-7k-lost/story?id=95812232&cid=social_twitter_abcn
You can read the full story at ABC News.