Squirrel Knocks Out Power To Hundreds of Homes

LEXINGTON, KY -- An errant and now deceased squirrel knocked out electricity to about 1665 customers in the northwest area of Lexington for a short period early today.

Several calls came in to 27 NewsFirst starting about 8 a.m., especially from the Cardinal Valley area. Residents were concerned about facing a forecasted hot day without air conditioning, but power was restored within two hours.

A Kentucky Utilities spokesman said the squirrel came in contact with the power lines at a substation on Trafton near the Pepsi plant.

K.U. Spokesman Cliff Feltham told 27 NewsFirst the squirrel's contact knocked out two circuits at 7:36 a.m.

Fletham says power was restored by 9:20 a.m.


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  • by Earle Location: E. KY on Jul 22, 2008 at 10:32 AM
    I understand it was a Southern Squirrel and his last words to his squirrel friends was "Hey y'all, watch this!"
  • by Tim Location: Nicholasville on Jul 22, 2008 at 06:59 AM
    I sure hope Peta dosen't find out about this poor little squirrel. Peta will have all the electricity turned off to make sure something like this doesn't happen again.
  • by steve on Jul 21, 2008 at 04:48 PM
    Oh man fried squirrel all we need is biscuit and gravy yum yum.
  • by Me Location: Ky on Jul 20, 2008 at 06:08 AM
    Was it stealing copper also?
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Jul 19, 2008 at 08:18 PM
    Yep, Beaness, underground power lines are wonderful. Just ask all of the drillers, excavaters and construction workers that have been zapped or killed because nobody could find them.
  • by PETA on Jul 19, 2008 at 08:05 PM
    was the squirrel okay?
  • by Mark Location: Lexington on Jul 19, 2008 at 07:24 PM
    Shocking. Simply Shocking.
  • by Beaness Location: Florida on Jul 19, 2008 at 03:35 PM
    If your power lines were underground like they should have been 35 years you would not have this problem. Is this real news!
  • by joe Location: sterling on Jul 19, 2008 at 03:16 PM
    anybody for some roasted nuts......LOL
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Jul 19, 2008 at 11:22 AM
    The squirrel's body was later claimed by a large Bullwinkle Moose.
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