Squirrel likely cause of loud noise that locked down Beloit school

Squirrel likely cause of loud noise that locked down Beloit school

A critter is likely the cause of a blown transformer that caused a brief scare in Beloit Friday morning.

The City of Beloit Police Department said officers responded to a report of a shot fired near Todd Elementary School on Oakwood Avenue.

Officers were in the area as the call came in, and quickly discovered that the noise wasn’t gunfire but instead a transformer on a power pole that had exploded.

“It happens, and is usually the result of a courageous, squirrel touching the wrong part of a power line,” Beloit police posted on its Facebook page Friday morning.

Todd Elementary School parents received a call at about 7:45 a.m. Friday notifying them of a lockdown that lasted only a few minutes, police said.

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