‘Large possum’ caused massive power outage, explosion in Rio Rancho, Corrales

Wednesday night, 10,000 people in Rio Rancho were left in the dark when a large possum crawled into the transformer, causing it to ignite. (Photo submitted via ReportIt!)

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – Power is restored in Rio Rancho after a blown transformer left nearly 10,000 people in the dark Wednesday night.

PNM says the cause traced back to a large possum that crawled into the transformer, causing it to ignite.

Power was restored to the entire area around midnight. During the outage, the 911 communications center was also impacted and put on emergency power.

Their power has also been restored.

To view PNM’s outage map, click here >>

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