Parts of a city in Palm Beach County were without power for several hours Wednesday due to a large-scale outage caused by an iguana.
NBC affiliate WPTV-TV reports the city of Lake Worth Beach tweeted Wednesday morning that the animal caused a substation outage, knocking out power to customers in the southeast area of the city.
The outage affected nearly 1,500 customers, according to city spokesman Ben Kerr. He added that the city has been working to fix the wildlife issues after three separate incidents involving the iguanas.
“That’s down 50% from last year,” Kerr said. “And it has to do with us putting in place a lot of security measures to try to stop it.
The problem with iguanas is that they are so big that they basically cross the lines.”
Jason Bailey, deputy director of operations for the Lake Worth Beach system, said power was restored within 35 minutes.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials said green iguanas are not native to the state and can also cause damage to residential and commercial landscape vegetation.