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Sunday 20 April 2014

Squirrel behind huge power outage

A squirrel is thought to be behind a power outage to 10,000 electricity customers in Wichita, Kansas

One small rodent is getting the blame for a massive power outage in southern and eastern sections of Wichita, Kansas.

Nearly 10,000 customers of Westar Energy were affected by the outage on Monday afternoon, according to reports by KAKE-TV.

Authorities say a squirrel crawled into equipment at a substation, causing a transformer to blow out. A fire then broke out at the substation.

Firefighters were quickly able to bring it under control.

Power was restored to the Westar customers in about an hour.

Press Association

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