Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Monkey shuts down island for seven hours

For more than seven hours today, the normal rhythm of life for Barbadians was disrupted by a power outage.

It affected schools, banks, large and small businesses and showed how integral electricity is to the functioning of a modern society.

A monkey out for an early morning climb probably caused the island wide power outage.

Chief Marketing Officer at the Barbados Light and Power Company, Stephen Worme says the incident occurred north of Codrington Hill, near Whitehall, between the Warrens and Haggatt Hall sub-stations.

The monkey is believed to have tripped a 24 000 and 11,000 volt circuit after it climbed a pole.

Mr. Worme says while they are still trying to find the monkey, they believe that it got the shock of its life.

Story here.

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