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Skunk causes signal outage at FOX station in Colorado Springs

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A rabid skunk in Lakewood Photo: KDVR

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A transmitter problem that left thousands without a signal on FOX21 for about 24 hours was caused by a skunk.

FOX21 News engineers reported that a skunk got into the transmitter room at the top of Cheyenne Mountain. The skunk burned itself on the equipment in the room and reacted by spraying the transmitter, causing the breaker to trip.

The transmitter automatically shuts down when it gets wet to prevent any electrical shortages.

The transmitter went out about 8 p.m. Sunday and was restored shortly after 8 p.m. Monday. The engineers worked all day and night to correct the problem.

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