The Night the Capitol Went Dark


No, this wasn’t another government shutdown, but exterior lights at the Capitol went dark temporarily Wednesday night.

The office of the architect of the Capitol blamed power surges caused by Wednesday’s high winds. Spokesman Matt Guilfoyle said staff responded to outage reports around 8:30 p.m. and made repairs by 9 p.m.

The lights remained on inside the Capitol throughout the episode.

Capitol police Lt. Kimberly Schneider said some lights around the exterior on the Capitol’s east and west front had appeared to be “randomly in/out” during the outage. She said officers were checking the grounds for any power outages or damage to report to the architect’s office while maintaining their security posts.

POLITICO video producer Madeline Marshall said she saw a “white flash” Wednesday night while she was near First Street Southeast and Independence Avenue, and then a traffic light nearby went out and started blinking red. “That’s when I notice the Capitol was out as well,” she said. “Office buildings looked unfazed.”

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