Squirrel knocks out power to hundreds in Laureldale, Muhlenberg

Power restored about an hour later

LAURELDALE, Pa. - A squirrel is to blame for triggering a large power outage in Berks County.

The animal chewed through some wires at a Met-Ed substation in Laureldale around 11 a.m. Wednesday, causing some insulation to make contact with energized equipment, officials said.

The incident knocked out electricity to 97 percent of Met-Ed's customers in Laureldale, as well as more than 1,000 homes and businesses in neighboring Muhlenberg Township and 149 in Alsace Township.

Some traffic lights along the Fifth Street Highway and Kutztown Road were also affected.

Met-Ed managed to restore power to all customers at 12:07 p.m.

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