Squirrels in three separate cities caused power outages for about 50,000 people on Monday, August 14, 2006. Whether or not this was a coordinated attack is not known.......
A squirrel in Kokomo, Indiana, got into the wrong part of a power station and caused an hour long power outage for 5,000 residents.
Separately, a squirrel in Vancouver, Canada, a squirrel caused a power outage on Monday for 16,000 residents.
Third, a squirrel in Exeter, England, caused a power outage to an estimated 30,000 residents.
“It was a kamikaze rodent that hit the transformer,” said Sevier County Judge Dick Tallman. The rodent was a squirrel acting like a kamikaze pilot from World War II with reckless disregard for where it was landing, Tallman said. “He stumbled onto the transformer and got his feet on the wrong place. SWEPCO fished him off the transformer. When he hit the transformer shorting it out, it exploded with the sound like a cannon,” said Tallman. “It’s happened twice before and you would think by now, we would build a wire cage to try and prevent it,” he said.