Squirrel Blamed for Power Outage at Va. Airport

June 2, 2013

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - An Appalachian Power spokesman says a squirrel is responsible for a power outage at Roanoke Regional Airport.

Todd Burns tells The Roanoke Times that the squirrel got into some electrical equipment and fiddled with it.

The outage occurred Sunday morning and also affected customers in a part of north Roanoke. Burns says power was restored by noon.

Airport spokeswoman Sherry Wallace says flights and services weren't affected by the outage. The airport used backup generators.

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