Squirrel Accidentally Causes Power Outage

Squirrel's wrong turn leads to Ohio power outage

Aw, poor squirrel! Can you believe something like this could actually happen? It’s hard to wrap your head around one little squirrel causing such a big power outage!

CINCINNATI, Ohio – An energy company says a squirrel’s wrong turn led to a power outage affecting about 4,500 electric customers in southwestern Ohio. Duke Energy says the customers in Forest Park in suburban Cincinnati and areas south lost power Monday morning after a squirrel entered a substation and got zapped. Northwest High School dismissed classes at 11:45 a.m. because of the outage. The company told the Cincinnati Enquirer most customers had their power restored by noon, and the remainder had power by early afternoon. The squirrel did not survive.

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