Monkey causes nationwide blackout in Kenya
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Monkey causes nationwide blackout in Kenya

44 million inhabitants without power for 3 hours after primate trips a transformer at the Gitaru Power Station

Illustrative photo of monkeys playing with electrical wires in Amer Fort, India. (CC BY 2.0 John Haslam/Flikr)
Illustrative photo of monkeys playing with electrical wires in Amer Fort, India. (CC BY 2.0 John Haslam/Flikr)

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya’s power generation company says a monkey caused a three-hour nationwide blackout.

The Kenya Electricity Generation Company said in a statement late Tuesday that a monkey climbed onto the roof of the Gitaru Power Station in central Kenya and fell onto a transformer, tripping it.

The company said this caused other machines in the station to trip, resulting in the loss of 180MW from the plant, triggering a national blackout.

The blackout lasted more than three hours Tuesday before power was restored.

The company said that its facility is secured with an electric fence, and that this was an isolated incident.

The monkey survived.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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