Squirrel blamed for power outage that affected two counties

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – A squirrel caused a temporary power outage that affected thousands of Jersey Central Power and Light customers Sunday afternoon.

At around 8:45 a.m., a power line came down on Mountain Ave near Victoria Lane, police said.

The cause was a squirrel that came into contact with power lines, according to Jersey Central Power & Light spokesman Scott Surgeoner.

At 12:08 p.m., power crews had to shut the power off to a few thousand customers to fix the wire, Surgeoner said.

According to JCP&L’s website, there were a total of 2,296 customers that had lost power. The towns affected were Hackettstown and Mansfield Township in Warren County and Washington Township in Morris County.

The power was restored by 12:20 p.m., Surgeoner said.

The squirrel did not survive.

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(Jay Edwards | For WRNJ)
(Jay Edwards | For WRNJ)