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Physical Attacks on Power Substations in Multiple States—Report


Tens of thousands are without power after gunfire damaged two power substations in North Carolina, adding to the number of such attacks across the U.S. in 2022.
There have been physical attacks on power substations in multiple states in recent months, according to a new report.
About 35,000 people in North Carolina’s Moore County remain without power on Wednesday after the substations were damaged in what authorities described as a “targeted” attack at the weekend.
Authorities said the outages began on Saturday after one or more people drove up to the substations, breached the gates and opened fire on them. Moore County Chief Deputy Richard Maness told Newsweek on Tuesday that the investigation remains ongoing.
Now NewsNation has reported that a memo from federal law enforcement revealed similar attacks have taken place in other states.
“Power companies in Oregon and Washington have reported physical attacks on substations using hand tools, arson, firearms and metal chains possibly in response to an online call for attacks on critical infrastructure,” the memo says in part.

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