- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 1, 2008

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A squirrel caused a massive power outage in Richmond that eventually led to thousands without power.

The curious animal short-circuited a Dominion Virginia Power substation on Friday morning and crews making repairs to that facility caused a second substation to shut down.

At the height of the outages, about 6,000 Dominion customers in Richmond were in the dark.

Power was out along a significant stretch downtown, disabling traffic signals at several major intersections for most of the day.

There also were reports of people stuck in elevators in several buildings, including on Virginia Commonwealth University’s main academic campus. Some businesses also were forced to close.

The squirrel did not survive.

Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, https://www.timesdispatch.com

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