A squirrel cost thousands power this morning

Not this one, fortunately. This morning, however, another squirrel did cause an explosion in downtown Providence that knocked out electrical power for as many as 4,450 customers, some of them Brown students. Exactly how a squirrel wreaked this much havoc is unclear, with city officials vaguely explaining that the rodent “caused a problem at the South Street substation.” National Grid quickly restored power throughout most of the city, but not before motorists had to navigate intersections with no traffic lights and workers had to evacuate prominent buildings like the Biltmore and City Hall.

Bleak.

Bleak.

And in case you were concerned: according to WPRI, “there was no immediate word on the fate of the furry-tailed rodent.” For now, however, squirrels better stick to feasting on leftover Ratty to-go boxes and hanging out on bike handles. We off campus students like having wifi.

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