With no suspects or motive announced, the FBI is joining the investigation into power outages in a North Carolina county believed to have been caused by “intentional” and “targeted” attacks on substations that left around 40,000 customers in the dark Saturday night, prompting a curfew and emergency declaration.
The mass outage in Moore County turned into a criminal investigation when responding utility crews found signs of potential vandalism of equipment at different sites – including two substations that had been damaged by gunfire, according to the Moore County Sheriff’s Office.
“The person, or persons, who did this knew exactly what they were doing,” Moore County Sheriff Ronnie Fields said during a Sunday news conference. “We don’t have a clue why Moore County.”
Raleigh’s ABC affiliate reports:
All Moore County schools are closed Monday as the American Red Cross offers a 24-hour shelter in the county to help thousands of people lacking heat, medical care and other necessities during a mass power outage.
Sheriff Ronnie Fields said the Moore County Sheriff’s Office is working with state and local law enforcement. When asked if this was an incident of domestic terrorism, Fields replied, “I can’t answer that,” but added, “This was targeted. It wasn’t random.”
Investigators aren’t sure if there is a tie between the substation damage and a drag show at the Sunrise Theater in Southern Pines that sparked a lot of controversy in the area. There was heavy security at the drag show amid concerns about protesters and fears of possible violence.
. . . and the drag show went on. The audience lit the stage with their cell phones.
Dave B J.Martindale • 7 minutes ago
It’s called domestic terrorism.
JT J.Martindale • 17 minutes ago
But they’re just what Putin wants. And the cultist goons have been primed to do, by Fux Nazi Noise and the Nazi GQP.
Kinda fishy that the perps knew exactly which two places to shoot up to kill the redundancy in the area!
KnownDonorDad • 19 minutes ago
The Q-bots are just winning hearts and minds all over the place.
Gramma don’t need no heat, as long as the libtards are owned and drag shows stopped.