Possum blacks out Alfredton

A mischievous marsupial caused a power blackout in Alfredton on Tuesday night, affecting more than 3000 homes.

Powercor say a possum had climbed into equipment on a power pole in the area, causing the large blackout.

For just under an hour, 3262 customers were without power.

Customers called Powercor to hear a recorded message that they were aware of the issue.

In February, a possum caused a power outage to 12,000 homes and businesses on Sydney’s north shore.

More than 30,000 volts coursed through the possum as it created a short circuit, triggering the system’s safety mechanisms.

Power distributors say the marsupials often use overhead power lines to travel and can sometimes create issues with the electricity supply.