Squirrel blamed for outage near Mills mall
Published: Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, 1:21 a.m.
Power was knocked out to about 40 Allegheny Power customers in and near the Pittsburgh Mills mall Thursday afternoon when a curious squirrel crawled into a substation and caused an equipment malfunction.
Company spokesman Ron Lombardo said power went out at about 5:40 p.m. and was restored at about 6:20 p.m.
Business and traffic lights in the shopping mall complex were affected, as were neighboring houses.
Lombardo said the squirrel came in contact with electrical equipment, and that blew a couple of fuses.
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