Video courtesy of Rachel Zoglmann Lansden…(Updated 2:37 p.m.) by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” A fast moving squirrel that got himself caught up in the wiring of a transformer is being blamed for a citywide power outage that lasted almost two hours Thursday afternoon in Wellington.Wellington Fire Chief Tim Hay, said the explosion which people around the area heard, was probably a result of a fire that started and got out of control quickly in the transformer adjacently north of the Wellington City Power Plant at 504 S. Blaine. The fire created the outage at 12:30 p.m. today. Electricity was restored to most of the area by 2:45 p.m.Hay estimates the damage may be around $25,000.No one was injured in the incident. The road was closed off as city emergency and electric workers worked feverishly to solve the problem.Wellington City Manager Shane Shields confirmed that the cause of the power plant fire was due to a squirrel.Sumner Newscow spoke to a couple of people who were close to the incident.Â â€¢Regina Gilbreth, who lives on 2nd and G Street, reported that she was busy communicating on Facebook with others when she felt what was a big earthquake and a big â€œkaboom” almost simultaneously. She ran out to see this huge black billowing smoke with an orange fireball in the middle.â€œI really thought a bomb went off,â€ Gilbreth said.â€¢Rachel Lansden, who has the video above, said her house shook on 419 S. Blaine.“It sounded and looked like the crackling balls you see on the Fourth of July, but a lot louder,” she said. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (5) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +6 Vote up Vote down southside resident · 196 weeks ago I heard the cause of outage was a squirrel with a match. Report Reply 0 replies · active 196 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Turkeyleg · 195 weeks ago Hillary! Report Reply 0 replies · active 195 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Teresa Pierce · 195 weeks ago Maybe we need to reduce the squirrel population in Wellington. This seems to be a reacurring problem. Report Reply 0 replies · active 195 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down Teresa Pierce · 195 weeks ago We needs to figure out how to control the squirrel population. This seems to be a reacurring problem. Report Reply 0 replies · active 195 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Homer · 195 weeks ago Some of the citizens need to be better control’d also. Figured it was someone trying to recreate the Grizzwalds christmas. Report Reply 0 replies · active 195 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Tim Floyd got a painful lesson in what the USC-UCLA rivalry is all about. Floyd spent the week downplaying the rivalry. Bring up UCLA and he brought up Arizona, Washington and Washington State. His theme was that, from a team standpoint, this game wasn’t more important than any others in the Pacific-10 Conference. That’s how the Trojans came out Wednesday night at Pauley Pavilion, like this was just another game. UCLA, on the other hand, brought the intensity and urgency associated with a rivalry. The result was an embarrassing start and another lopsided loss at Pauley Pavilion for the Trojans, who fell 66-45. USC fell behind 18-2 seven minutes into the game. There would be no comeback like the one after a similarly poor start against Washington. The Trojans never were in this game. At the end of the first half, USC trailed 39-19, was shooting 27.3 percent, had 12 turnovers and was being outrebounded by five. The Trojans shot 29.5 percent for the game. Abdoulaye N’diaye, who entered the game averaging 4.4 points, was USC’s leading scorer in the first half with seven. That was more than Nick Young (3) and Gabe Pruitt (2) combined. N’diaye was the only USC player with a field goal in the first 15 minutes. Young, USC’s leading scorer and a local product from Cleveland High of Reseda, didn’t score his first point until making a layup nearly 18 minutes into the game. He finished with eight points, the first time this season he has failed to reach double-figures. In his first season as USC’s coach, Floyd has done an admirable job turning the Trojans (12-6, 3-4) into a respectable team after they finished at the bottom of the Pac-10 last season. The turnaround, along with a slew of injuries at UCLA, had many thinking the Trojans could beat the 18th-ranked Bruins. However, USC ended up looking just as bad as it did last year at Pauley Pavilion in a 90-69 loss. Not having spent much time in Los Angeles, Floyd has never put much importance on the crosstown rivalry. “I think it’s special for fans who have lived and worked alongside UCLA people,” he said Monday. “It’s important to coaches because they recognize that it’s important to fans. I think that’s the extent of that.” After Floyd’s first taste of the USC-UCLA rivalry became sour, he still avoided calling the Bruins a rival. “I haven’t looked at it in that perspective,” Floyd said. “I just looked at it from the standpoint that our basketball team didn’t perform very well on the road against a quality team.” Matthew Kredell, (818)713-3607 [email protected]