This photos shows the gate to the Duke Energy West End substation in Moore County, North Carolina on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022.

A curfew was imposed in Moore County after the government declared a state of emergency. The time is Sunday night to early Monday morning. Thousands of people were without power after two shooting attacks on power stations. The attacks may have been tied to a drag show, but police have not yet determined a motive.

Moore County SheriffRonnie Fields said that the attacks on the substations were carried out with firearms. Power was knocked out for over 44,000 people. The attacks are being investigated as a crime.

The attack on critical infrastructure is a serious, intentional crime and I expect state and federal authorities to thoroughly investigate and bring those responsible to justice.

A photo of a broken gate at a power substation was published by The Pilot. According to the newspaper, the gate had been locked, but it was shown in the photo to be tipped over and laid on the ground.

While the local power company, Duke Energy, is working as fast as it can to restore power, there's significant damage to the equipment and some people in Moore County may not have power until Thursday.

There was an intentional impact on the substation that caused the power to go out.

Some of the equipment will need to be replaced in order to restore power.

It's not an option in this case, so the repair has to be done. Some of the equipment will need to be replaced and our crews are currently working on the repair plan.

The power outage caused street lights and traffic signals in the county to stop working, but the water and sewer services are working on backups. The stop signs were put up for a short time. The cell phone service is down.

If power isn't restored quickly enough, the state of emergency may be extended through the week. The FBI has been brought in to assist the investigation according to the sheriff.

Some people wondered if the attacks on the power grid were the work of anti-LGBT extremists after Emily Rainey, a former Army captain and psychological operations officer who participated in the January 6,2021 attempt to illegally keep President Donald Trump in power, posted a message to Facebook on Saturday night.

I know why the power is out. When she said she had been visited by police after the power went out, she suggested it was an act of God.

The sheriff's office just showed up. I was happy to welcome them to my home.

They didn't spend their time well. I told them that God works in strange ways. I told them about the immoral drag show and blasphemies yelled by its supporters. I told them that God was displeased with Moore County and wished them good fortune. As always, I am thankful for the service of the law enforcement officers.

The drag show at Sunrise Theater in Southern Pines, which may or may not have been the reason for the attack, continued even without power on Saturday.

TikTok, a far-right account that organizes harassment campaigns against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer people, also sent out a message about the drag show.

All schools in Moore County have been closed on Monday, and some medical services are going to be delayed, according to local TV station WRAL. The hospital is said to be working on generator power.