What does the fox say? Power outages reported throughout St. George

ST. GEORGE – A power outage interrupted service on the west side of St. George Sunday evening, including the areas of Green Valley, Snow Canyon, Sunset Boulevard, Dixie Downs, Bluff Street and Riverside Drive, after a fox managed to make its way into a breaker at the Green Valley Substation.

At approximately 10:50 p.m., the City of St. George posted the following power outage update on their Facebook page:

A damaged 138 KV breaker at the Green Valley substation is the cause of the outage and power is being re-routed to customers on the west side using an alternate line. All power should be restored shortly.

Shortly after 11 p.m., many residents reported having their power restored. The power was reportedly out for approximately 45 minutes.

The culprit? 

According to the City of St. George, a fox was the culprit of the power outage after it somehow managed to get into a breaker at the substation. The sly fox perished from the electric shock.

This is not the first time a stealthy fox has been the cause of a St. George power outage. In August of last year, a fox crawled into Substation 138 and tripped a breaker that shut down six other substations interrupting power in St. George and Santa Clara. That outage lasted approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes before city workers discovered the problem.

“We do our best to protect animals and electrical equipment from each other,” the city posted on their Facebook page, “but sometimes animals manage to squeeze past protective measures.”

St. George Police officers were staged at various traffic lights throughout the area to direct traffic. Drivers were advised to be patient and drive with caution in the areas where traffic lights were out and to treat signalized intersections as four-way stops.

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15 Comments

  • Tim Shaw October 6, 2014 at 12:23 am

    And the fox…what happened to the fox?

  • Shay October 6, 2014 at 12:40 am

    A+ on the headline. That’s great writing. Thank you so much for keeping us informed and in the loop. How long was the power out for total?

  • Me October 6, 2014 at 2:03 am

    Not the first time they have blamed the Fox for an outage. Really a fox?

  • People watcher October 6, 2014 at 3:21 am

    I’m guessing the fox says no more…

    • carbine October 6, 2014 at 2:29 pm

      …should have been copper thieves in the sub-station…i feel sorry for the poor fox….the metal thieves, not so much sympathy…

  • JOSH DALTON (INCOGNEGRO) October 6, 2014 at 8:26 am

    I think my neighbor, who is very ill, was effected last night. I hope they are doing ok! I think 3 fire trucks was a bit excessive. Oh, whoever the EMT is with the white Toyota Camer….get a clue bro! This is the second time you have came flying into the complex like your going to save the day 30 min after the call as gone out! You almost ran over my wife. Rookie! Not only that…I’m sure you could have found another parking stall and not used the covered parking. That stall was my neighbors upstairs who have a new born baby. We don’t need another hero!

  • Brian October 6, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Great, now al qaeda and isis (neither deserving of capitalization) just have to “sneak” into our country across our wide open southern border in broad daylight carrying foxes, and they can bring down the whole power grid. Why not bring a few pigs and bats with Ebola while they’re at it? Sleep soundly, though, big brother and uncle sam are watching out for you… well, watching you, anyway.

  • Beerbelly October 6, 2014 at 10:05 am

    The special at your favorite Chinese restaurants today is Fried Fox. It is a delicacy.

  • sagemoon October 6, 2014 at 10:07 am

    LOVE the headline.

  • Mary October 6, 2014 at 10:52 am

    And WHAT pray tell , entices an animal to get into a breaker box ?

    I know some animals will chew on exposed rubber wiring but what ever would attract them to a breaker box ?
    Unless it’s a cold spell and they are just lured to heat ?

    • JOSH DALTON (INCOGNEGRO) October 6, 2014 at 12:56 pm

      “Pray tell?”

  • #Infidel October 6, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Time for a fox hunt.

  • ladybugavenger October 6, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    I agree, love the headline!

  • Bobber October 7, 2014 at 1:13 am

    the fox won’t be saying anything anymore thanks to 10,000 volts

  • Zonkerb November 3, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Yep a terrorist attack by them sand dune camel jocks LMAO

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