A power outage in downtown Lansing has caused the Michigan State Capitol to be closed. The power is back on, but the building will remain closed until Thursday morning for precautionary reasons.
Tourists were turned away and employees sent home Wednesday morning for safety reasons.
Lansing's Board of Water and Light announced on their Facebook page, and Twitter that there was a small power outage Wednesday morning around 9:30 AM. A short time later they announced that there was a separate outage at the state capitol that was caused by an internal equipment issue.
Facility workers at the Capitol say it was an internal issue, and the power outage was isolated to the capitol building.
Even though the back up generator is on and working, that only keeps the lights on. Facility workers say they had to close the building because without air conditioning, working elevators, running water or working handicap doors, it's not a safe work environment.
Facilities director Tim Bowlin thinks the problem may be a transformer or a switch, meaning an electrical error in the main source of power. But, he can't know for sure.
Bowlin says the power going out is nothing new, but it's unusual for it to be an internal problem.
"We have qualified people internally that work on this building daily, and I have every confidence in them," Bowlin said. "We take really great care of this building and I'm sure it will be up and running before too long."
Power is back on in the building but Bowlin says they are still trying to find the source of the outage.
The Capitol building will return to normal operations Thursday morning at 9 a.m.