Animal blamed for power outage affecting 6,000 customers

Cause of the outage is not immediately known

Screenshot from National Grid outage map, showing the general location of a power outage on December 7, 2016.

MONSON, Mass. (WWLP) – An animal caused a power outage that affected more than 6,000 National Grid customers in eastern Hampden County Wednesday morning.

As of 10:00 A.M., the company’s outage map had reported a total of 6,170 customers without power across the county, with all of those customers being in the towns of Monson, Palmer, Brimfield, and Wales. By 10:45, nearly all of those outages had been resolved, with only a few customers still without electricity in the affected towns.

National Grid spokesperson Amie O’Hearn told 22News that an animal had gotten into a substation, causing the outage.

O’Hearn said that power was restored in only about half an hour’s time.