washington, Authorities in Pierce County, in the northwestern United States state of Washington, are investigating Monday’s attack on four electrical substations that left thousands without power on Christmas Day.
At least 17,000 people were left in the dark due to damage to four substations intended to regulate voltage levels for the distribution of electricity.
The Pierce Police Department said in a statement that people broke into one of the substations on Sunday night by breaking through a fence, destroying equipment and setting it on fire. Still no prisoners.
“This was the fourth incident on Christmas Day at an electrical substation in southern Pierce County. County security forces have been notified of the incidents and are monitoring electrical substations,” police said.
These attacks coincided with the passage of winter storm Elliott, which dumped freezing temperatures, snowfall and high winds across much of the United States, leading to the coldest Christmas in decades.
Washington state, bordering Canada, was the focus of nearly all of the damage to the country’s electrical system this Monday, with nearly 100,000 users without power, among homes and businesses.
There were 1.7 million users in the dark across the United States at the peak of the storm.
About 50 people have died due to cold and accidents. The worst-affected area has been northwestern New York state, where at least 37 people have died.