Buildings at Arizona State University’s Tempe campus lost power today, with some students stuck in elevators, according to local reports. The culprit: a large rodent, identified as a rat in some reports, burned out switches in a campus substation.
The power went out close to noon (reports differed on the precise time), and officials expected to have the power back on late in the day. Firemen had to carry a graduate student and his 350-pound wheelchair up a flight of stairs after the student waited three and a half hours for an elevator to work. “Very powerful rat it was,” the student said jokingly to a local news station.