Power outage affects Missouri Capitol

A power outage at the Missouri Capitol left government workers in the dark for a couple hours.

The electricity went out shortly after 11 a.m. Monday at the Capitol and was restored about 1:30 p.m.

Ameren Missouri spokesman Mike Cleary said the outage was caused by the failure of switch in an electrical circuit that feeds the Capitol. He said the nearby Truman state office building and St. Peter Catholic church and school also were affected for a lesser amount of time.

Some state employees left the dark Capitol. Others used the break as an opportunity for exercise — walking laps through the dim hallways.

State Administration Commissioner Kelvin Simmons says the outage highlights the need for a good system of backup generators at the Capitol.

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