Considerable disruption was caused in downtown Toronto on Thursday night (1st), when a curious raccoon in contact with electrical equipment resulted in a blackout that affected thousands of people. The black-out interrupted the operation of traffic lights and also left people trapped in elevators.
Investigations identify responsible for the incident
After investigations carried out by technical teams, it was found that the power interruption had been caused by a nocturnal mammal that entered the equipment of a station located in the city center. The revelation was made by Hydro One H.TO, a public service company, through its social networks.
Hydro One, however, did not provide information about the fate of the raccoon intruder. The electrical outage event affected regions within a radius of approximately two kilometers from the CN Tower, an icon of Toronto, leaving around 7,000 people without electricity for more than two hours.
Effects of the blackout: rescue in elevators and disorderly traffic
The city’s Fire Department reported that there was a significant increase in the number of rescues of people trapped in elevators during the blackout period.
According to reports, the incident also caused the shutdown of traffic lights in the central region of Toronto, where Union Station, a busy rail transport hub, is located. The blackout created a chaotic and challenging scenario for both drivers and pedestrians.
The city of Toronto, the largest in Canada, proved vulnerable to a curious small invader, reinforcing the importance of continuous actions to maintain the integrity of urban infrastructure service networks.
The raccoon: a versatile and adaptable animal
The raccoon originates from the Americas and has an incredible ability to adapt to urban environments, being quite common in metropolitan areas in North America. Endowed with insatiable curiosity and abilities to manipulate objects, the raccoon can become a threat when it comes into direct contact with human infrastructure, as exemplified by the incident in Toronto.