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Iguana causes massive power outage in South Florida city

A Florida notoriously aggressive iguana wreaked havoc in one of the state’s southern cities on Wednesday.

The city of Lake Worth Beach announced that a scaly green creature was responsible for a “massive outage” of power.

,[Lake Worth Beach] The electric utility is currently responding to a massive outage at our 6th Avenue substation caused by Iguana,” the City Tweeted Just before noon on Wednesday. “This outage is affecting customers in the Southeast region of our service area. Our teams are working hard to repair the damage and restore systems.”

The city hasn’t provided further updates since the announcement, but in a map they referred to people tracking the outage in the city, it appears as though all outages have been restored.

A woman commented on the city’s original Facebook post saying that the iguana in her neighborhood “went under a transformer or something but it blew up and she fried.”

CBS News has reached out to the city for more details about the incident.

Green iguanas have been known to cause trouble throughout Florida. According to the state’s Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, this species is considered invasive. Instead they are native to the tropics of Central America and South America and some Caribbean islands, but are so widespread in Florida that they have been a source of injury to many people.

For example, in 2020, a 62-year-old iguana ran in front of his bicycleCausing him to crash, CBS Miami reported.

They can grow over five feet long and weigh up to 17 pounds, and have been known to feast on vegetation, bird eggs, and dead animals, causing damage to residential and commercial areas. The commission said they could also damage infrastructure with their bills, which could erode pavements and cause collapses.

However, perhaps what they are best known for is falling out of trees,

When the temperature drops below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, mass iguanas are found frozen cold And it seems as if they are suddenly dead – although they are very much alive.

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