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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — The White House, State Department and areas throughout D.C. and Maryland lost power Tuesday afternoon due to a an explosion at an area power plant.

The power went out at the White House for nearly 10 seconds while the State Department conducted its press briefing in the dark. The Justice Department’s power also went down.

WNEW’S Chuck Carroll reports D.C. Homeland Security officials believe an explosion at a SMECO power facility in southern Maryland caused the outages. They say there is no indication of terrorism behind the outages.

Power is still out at the University of Maryland’s campus in College Park.

U.Md. officials say the outage could last until tonight. Prince George’s Co. Fire says it conducted several elevator rescues on campus soon after the outage.