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What caused the major power outage in North Carolina?

Answer: A vandal with a gun.

A significant power outage is affecting Moore County in North Carolina, and most residents are suspected to be without electricity until Thursday. Why? It seems someone decided to shoot it out.

Authorities found evidence of vandalism at two substations, including evidence that multiple gun rounds had been fired at them. There was also evidence that a gate barring access to one of the stations had been intentionally taken off of its hinges. “The person, or persons, who did this knew exactly what they were doing,” said Moore County Sheriff Ronnie Fields. “It was targeted, it wasn’t random.”

Officials have yet to identify any suspects or motives, and the FBI has joined the investigation. The outage began at about 7 p.m. on Saturday night and affected 40,000 customers throughout the county. About 7,000 had since been restored as of Monday, but it’s estimated that full restoration could take most of the week. The damage is substantial, with initial estimates putting its cost in the millions. The county declared a state of emergency, closing schools Monday and instituting a curfew until power is restored.