Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Iguana caused power outage

The 10-minute power outage that affected 11,000 Keys Energy customers Sunday afternoon was the work of an iguana in Marathon, the service area handled by Florida Keys Electric Cooperative, a spokesman for Keys Energy said Monday.

An iguana climbed on a piece of equipment that helps balance load levels within electric grids inside the Marathon electrical substation, and triggered the power outage, said Keys Energy spokesman Julio Torrado.

"The iguana did not survive," Torrado said in a press release.

The "under-voltage event" knocked 13 Keys Energy electrical feeders offline at 4:03 p.m. Sunday. Crews had the power back on by 4:14 p.m., Torrado said.