Squirrel Scurries Over Transformer, Causes Black Outs Around South Carolina City
The curious squirrel unfortunately did not survive to tell the tale.
Parts of Columbia, South Carolina experienced power outages Monday, all thanks to a squirrel. The sneaky critter had somehow scurried across a Dominion Energy transformer and damaged it.
Unfortunately, the squirrel did not live to tell the tale, spokesperson Matt Long of the power company said.
“There’s a lot of energy going through that equipment,” Long said, according to the Associated Press. “Usually, let’s say if an animal touches an energized part and a grounded part, that would create a current flow through the animal’s body and stop its heart from beating.”
He added that while he’s not sure if that’s what happened, a fall after the shock could have also led to the squirrel's death.
Meanwhile, another power outage in the city occurred after a dump truck hit some wires.
Even though nearly 1,800 people in the city had no power for a period of time, power has since been restored, Long said.
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