I heard a loud explosion this morning, power went out and I was pretty sure Consumer's Energy popped a fuse. This happens often and they simply use a large insulated extendable pole to pop the fuse back in place.

I've included a picture of the Consumers Energy truck, fuse and dead squirrel that caused the problem. When I called Consumer's hotline, the automated message said they were extremely busy but was pleasantly surprised when someone answered immediately after the recoding finished. It took them about 30 minutes to service the site, but what got me was the squirrel they left behind!

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Consumers Energy Leaves Squirrel, restores power

Leaving the carcass is going to attract other animals that may end up causing more problems! We have a lot of wild life out here such as bald eagles and seagulls that may look at fried squirrel as a delicacy :)

Great response time but poor planning...