A raccoon decided to jump the fence of a Kissimmee electrical substation early Tuesday morning, causing a power outage to 2,844 customers of Kissimmee Utility Authority for an hour.
The inquisitive raccoon made its way onto a 13,200-volt breaker inside the utility’s Airport Substation at 5:01 a.m. Tuesday, causing three primary feeder lines to fail. The substation, one of 11 serving the Kissimmee area, is located off Hoagland Blvd., just south of the Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway.
Raccoons are famous for their curiosity, along with being superlative climbers, a combination that causes numerous power outages across the U.S. each year.
KUA crews restored the feeders at 6:03 a.m., 6:04 a.m. and 6:05 a.m. Unfortunately, the raccoon did not survive the incident.