City explains raccoon caused power outage

The City of Spooner reports that a raccoon caused the city power outage the night of Tuesday, April 7. The incident occurred at about 9:50 p.m. when a raccoon made contact with the secondary buss work on the city’s Beaverbrook Substation at W7205 W. Beaverbrook Avenue, causing the fuses to blow. There was a loud noise when the fuses blew and a flash of light, but there was no fire or explosion.
The city transferred all of the electrical load to our north substation to restore power at approximately 10:30 p.m. The city’s electrical engineer visited the site on Wednesday, April 8, to confirm what needed to be done to put the substation back in service. After changing three fuses and three insulators, the city put the substation back on line at approximately 10 a.m.
The city reports the north substation was constructed in 2012 to provide redundancy in the city system in a power outage event, allowing the city to restore power to customers.
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