No one at West Penn Power knows the exact cause of this morning's electrical outage in central Butler County.
The outage slowed work in parts of Butler and Butler and Penn townships, effecting 4,000 to 5,000 customers, said Todd Meyers, spokesman for West Penn Power.
He said that about 10:30 a.m. a distribution line “seized” several substations causing the power to go out.
Meyers said electric repair workers focused on re-establishing the power, which they did by about 11:30 a.m., and are now investigating the cause of the outage.
“Unless there is something obvious, like a squirrel that may have been running around in there, we may never know,” he added.
Butler County Community College closed its Butler Township campus just minutes before the power was restored. The campus is scheduled to be closed until 4 p.m., while the administration determines what to do about evening classes.
Lights at Butler Memorial Hospital and at the schools in the Butler School District did not go out.
Calls to AK Steel in West Chester, Ohio, to see if the Butler Works was effected have not been returned at this time.