Squirrel Takes Out Power for Thousands
More than 4,000 Ohio Edison customers lost power for about three hours after a squirrel stepped on a substation bus and blew a fuse for a transformer covering the west side of Lorain and the east side of Vermillion.
According to FirstEnergy spokesman Todd Meyer, 4,123 customers lost power at around 11:17 a.m. when the rodent snooped too close to the electrical equipment.
“Whenever anything comes in contact with high voltage equipment, then something usually goes wrong,” he said.
The outage disabled traffic lights on Baumhart Road. A temporary stop sign was put in places for travelers turning on to Baumhart from West Erie Avenue.
More than half of the customers had power back 1:30 with the remaining customers powered on by 2:30 p.m., Meyer said.
The outage did not affect Mercy Regional Medical Center, he said.
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