Just nuts: Squirrel causes major outage

About 10,000 North Carolinians were without power

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October 24, 2021 - 8:36 AM

Energy United crews reported finding a squirrel in an electrical substation in Huntersville, North Carolina, that caused a large power outage. (Dreamstime/TNS)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — About 10,000 Energy United customers in the Lake Norman area lost power on Saturday morning, and officials quickly identified the perpetrator.

Crews with the power company reported finding a squirrel in the Northcross electrical substation in Huntersville that caused the outage, Energy United said on Twitter.

The company didn’t say if the critter bit through a line or merely contacted a live wire. A company spokesperson couldn’t be reached for comment Saturday.

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