Squirrel responsible for major power outage in Santa Clara

South Carolina authorities say a 44-year-old woman angry at a man for returning home without beer on Christmas beat and stabbed him with a ceramic squirrel.
South Carolina authorities say a 44-year-old woman angry at a man for returning home without beer on Christmas beat and stabbed him with a ceramic squirrel.

SANTA CLARA (KRON) — Several thousand Santa Clara residents are without power Tuesday night, no thanks to a pesky squirrel.

The outage left about 5,000 customers in the dark after the animal made contact with a transformer substation at about 5:52 p.m. in the southeast area of the city, according to Larry Owens, a spokesman for Silicon Valley Power, the municipal electrical utility for Santa Clara.

Crews are working to switch customers from the damaged transformer to a working transformer, Owens said.

The incident has also disabled several traffic signals in the area.

All customers are estimated to have power back around 9:30 p.m. or 10 p.m., Owens said.

Once service is restored, crews will work to repair the damaged transformer, according to Owens.

It’s unclear if the squirrel survived.

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