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Squirrel causes Wichita power outage

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

By Associated_Press Jun 25, 2013 4:04PM

WICHITA, Kansas (AP) — KAKE-TV reports nearly 10,000 customers of Westar Energy were affected by the outage Monday afternoon.

Photo: A squirrel causes power outage in Wichita / James Warwick/Getty Images 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.

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

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Photo: A squirrel causes power outage in Wichita / James Warwick/Getty Images

69Comments
Jul 2, 2013 3:32PM
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the squirrel was on a terroristic suicide mission.. they may want to look at what other squirrels are in the same network
Jun 29, 2013 8:30PM
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Squirrel? Squirrel? What Squirrel? All I see is a could of smoke........
Jun 25, 2013 10:00PM
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No doubt squirrel was from "Mother Russia", am proud of squirrel, gave his life to create havoc to Capitalists!
Jun 25, 2013 9:58PM
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So what happened to the squirrel??

Jun 25, 2013 9:31PM
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Primitive USA power distribution system; overhead power lines, subject to storm caused outages,, install it below ground and see how the reliability improves!
Jun 25, 2013 9:29PM
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Rodent caused damages are really dififcult to prevent, so get yourself a standby generator with auto X-over switch!
Jun 25, 2013 9:24PM
Jun 25, 2013 9:19PM
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Happened here at work on one of the busiest days,  Poor squirel was still smoking!!!
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