Intentional vandalism is being investigated in Moore County, North Carolina, where 40,000 customers lost power at approximately 7pm on Saturday night.
Protesters had picketed the Sunrise Theater in the area over a drag queen show earlier on Saturday. A resident who had promoted the protest wrote on Facebook: “The power is out in Moore County and I know why.”
A Duke Energy spokesman who was asked about reports of gunfire prior to the outage said they couldn’t comment on what had caused the damage to power stations.
The social media posts earned the woman a visit from local law enforcement officers.
Sheriff’s deputies and other law enforcement agencies are providing security at several power stations, according to the sheriff’s office. The Sheriff’s office posted the following statement.