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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Sad Day in Shadyside

Is is wrong that I laugh at this?


Squirrels knock out power in Shadyside
Tuesday, December 13, 2005

By Anya Sostek, Lawrence Walsh and Lillian Thomas, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Two "frisky" squirrels playing too close to a transformer were blamed for knocking out power to 2,800 customers in Pittsburgh's Shadyside area today.

Duquesne Light Co. spokesman Joe Balaban said the outage occurred about 1:05 p.m. when wires fell at or near the intersection of Walnut Street and Aiken Avenue. He said the squirrels caused the transformer to short, which sent out a fault current, which caused wires to break.

As of 2:25 p.m., service was restored to all but 160 customers, Mr. Balaban said.

The rest were to be back in service by 5 p.m.

The squirrels both died at the scene.

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