Michigan Capitol closed due to power outage

The state Capitol building in Lansing is closed temporarily because of a power outage.

Interim Capitol facilities director Tim Bowlin says a backup generator kicked on to handle emergency lighting since power went out around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Employees have been sent home and the building is closed to the public until electricity can be restored.

Bowlin says the outage is an "internal problem" at the Capitol and not related to the Lansing Board of Water & Light, the municipal utility that powers much of the Lansing area.

The Legislature is not in session Wednesday and won't be much of the summer.