Moore County, in the Sandhills region in central North Carolina, is mainly well-known as a golf destination, particularly Pinehurst No. 2. The county is also the home of thousands active duty soldiers (many of them Special Forces) stationed nearby at Fort Bragg, the home of the US Army Special Operations Command and the 82nd Airborne, making the infrastructure of the rural county an attractive area for attack.
Saturday night, infrastructure was attacked as a variety of power substations throughout the county were the target of an attack that is what the Moore County Sheriff described as “intentional vandalism,” leaving over 40,000 people without electricity.
Moore County Sheriff Ronnie Fields posted on Facebook that the widespread power failure across the county has been deemed a crime incident.
Around 7 on Saturday night, December 3rd, 2022, a variety of communities in Moore County began experiencing power outages.
When utility companies began responding to the various substations, there was evidence that suggested that deliberate vandalism was taking place at several locations.
Moore County Sheriff's Deputies and several other law enforcement agencies in the county have responded to different locations and are in the process of securing the sites.
Anyone who has information regarding this crime is asked to contact Moore County Sheriff's Office at 910-947-2931.
While the incident was going on and the situation was not resolved, a local TV station noticed a huge Police presence inside the Walmart Supercenter located in Aberdeen near Southern Pines. There was no confirmation of looting in the area and at the local gun shop, and law enforcement notified the group to leave the area and said there was no security.
Liberal journalist Charlotte Clymer blamed conservatives, however, insisting that the power cut off occurred following three substations being “shot up with firearms simultaneously to cut power to a drag show” just because a local woman claimed she “knew why” power was out. She then followed that up with “God will not be mocked.”
Someone reported the posts to authorities, believing that Rainey may be the person responsible for the coordinated attack and the home of Rainey was also visited by law enforcement officers -however Rainey explained that she simply said the idea that God “works in mysterious ways and is responsible for the outage.”
As of the time of this article, there was no information on who carried out the attack, or what motive was behind the attack.