Gunshot Caused Kingdom Power Outage

10/19/12 6:06AM

Vermont State Police are investigating an incident in which someone shot a hole in the main transformer of the Barton Electric utility.

That knocked out power for more than 2,700 customers in southern Orleans County.

The Caledonian-Record reports that the shooting was believed to have occurred sometime Wednesday. It caused oil to drain from the transformer, and the overheating that resulted triggered the power shut-off.

The utility is renting a transformer from Green Mountain Power, and will have to replace the $200,000 unit.

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