Curious raccoon knocks out power to thousands in Kissimmee, utility company says

Curious raccoon knocks out power to thousands in Kissimmee, utility company says
Kissimee Utility Authority said a curious raccoon “single-pawedly” knocked out power to more than 2,800 residents around 5 a.m. Tuesday. (Pixabay / Photo by Jared Belson)

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — A local utility company said a “masked bandit” is to blame for an hourlong power outage in Kissimmee.

Kissimee Utility Authority said a curious raccoon “single-pawedly” knocked out power to more than 2,800 residents around 5 a.m. Tuesday.

The utility company said the raccoon climbed inside a 13,200-volt breaker inside the utility’s airport substation off of Hoagland Boulevard.

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“Raccoons are excellent climbers and notoriously curious—a threatening combination which results in substation outages across the U.S. each year,” said Chris Gent, vice president of corporate communications for KUA.

Power was restored in the area just after 6 a.m.

Sadly, Gent said, the raccoon did not survive.