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Owl disrupts power to 9,200 homes

By Sarah Bennett

More than 9,000 households lost electricity Wednesday in the Elizabethtown area after an owl found its way into a transmission substation.

Liz Pratt, spokeswoman for Louisville Gas & Electric-Kentucky Utilities, said power was disrupted around 12:15 a.m. Wednesday and lasted for nearly an hour.

About 9,200 customers in the Elizabethtown and Hardin County area lost electricity, Pratt said. There were some households north of the city limits that were affected as well, she said.

According to Pratt, an owl got inside a transmission substation near the intersection of U.S. 62 and Gaither Station Road in Elizabethtown and caused the outage. The bird tripped the equipment, she said, which was performing properly.

Pratt compared a transmission line to a “super highway” in that the lines provide electricity to a large number of households.

Power was restored just after 1 a.m., she said.

Pratt said she did not know the owl’s fate. She said external factors such as animals frequently are the cause of power disruptions.

“Some of the main culprits can be animals, vegetation or tree limbs,” Pratt said.

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