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Drone attacks on an oil field in Saudi Arabia sparked fears of gas stations running dry and long lines similar to the gas shortages in America 4 decades ago.

According to published reports, multiple drones bombed an oil field in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

In response to the attacks, Saudi Arabia shut down half of its oil production - a move that could cause massive outages at gas stations in America.

Saudi defenses were unable to stop the wave of remote-controlled drones that dropped bombs on the oil fields, threatening the global crude oil supply.

Experts say the Saudis should've been prepared for such an attack in this day and age.

"Flying a drone, that puts a new spin on things," security consultant Jeffrey Price told Yahoo News in an email. "It enables attacks that previously weren't able to be conducted with that level of stealth and detachment from the attacker."

"The bottom line is that we are likely to see many more of these sorts of attacks, and in particular, coordinated attacks on multiple targets are likely, possibly in tandem with a cyber attack component," said Milena Rodban, an independent risk consultant, in an email to Yahoo News.

Longer lines than usual formed at gas stations in Atlanta over the weekend, as wary older travelers recalled the nationwide gasoline shortage that crippled major cities and caused civil unrest in the 1970s.

Question: Did you fill up your gas tank this weekend?

The east coast is facing the worst energy crisis in decades as gas traders rush to reroute a major pipeline that carries diesel fuel, jet fuel and gasoline to cities all along the eastern seaboard.

Colonial Pipeline Co., the second major fuel pipeline operator in the Gulf Coast, shut down its operation on Wednesday after Hurricane Harvey dumped 51 inches of rain in the region.

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gas prices in Atlanta

Last week, I was filling up my car at a RaceTrac gas station in Buckhead when I noticed a local TV news crew interviewing a customer at the next pump. At the time I had no clue that Atlanta was in the midst of a gas shortage. I didn't notice any long lines or fistfights at the pumps that day. Well, that might change this week as local gas stations run out of gas.

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