Power Restored in Tracyton; Squirrel Blamed


May 25, 2007

A squirrel was to blame for an outage this morning in the Tracyton area that left about 5,000 customers without power, according to Puget Sound Energy.

PSE's Tracyton substation crashed sometime before dawn, according to Dave Reid, an agency spokesman. Power was restored by about 9:30 a.m., he said.

A squirrel had apparently entered the substation and touched an energized conductor, which created a power short ? what Reid called an "energy arc" with 30,000 degree temperatures in the squirrel's immediate vicinity, Reid said.

While power had been restored, "the squirrel's gone onto a better place," he added.

1 comment:

dgarzila said...

This reminds me of when I was a teenager . At the time I was still having nightmares after watching The Day After, a movie about all out nuclear warfare. I saw a white flash and a heard a loud pop. I was like totally freaked out that a nuclear bomb had detonated in Houston . It turned out it was a squirrel that had tripped the transformer across the street. You could smell his crispy critter flesh.