29 Oct 2014

Saipan power cut blamed on 18-inch rat

10:17 am on 29 October 2014

A Saipan-wide power blackout over the weekend is being blamed on an 18-inch rat.

All of Saipan was without power for three hours early on Saturday morning.

The Commonwealth Utilities Corporation says an 18-inch rodent caused a short and arc flash explosion in the main substation transformer at Power Plant 1.

Repair crews were immediately sent on site to assess and replace damaged equipment.