PG&E offers $250K reward in California grid attack

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Updated: 4/10 4:47 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is offering a $250,000 reward for information about an attack nearly a year ago on phone lines and the power grid in Silicon Valley.

PG&E announced the reward on Thursday in San Francisco.

The attack on April 16, just a day after the Boston Marathon bombings, involved snipping AT&T fiber-optic lines to knock out phone and 911 service, and firing shots into a PG&E substation.

Millions of people in Santa Clara County were asked to conserve energy after power lines were damaged.

Former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chairman Jon Wellinghoff called the incident an act of terrorism.

But FBI spokesman Peter Lee says the investigation is ongoing and the agency has no indications to back that up.

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