"Guess they really DON'T have anything much to do in Franklin. :)" --Dave Liebson

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From: C-ap@clarinet.com (AP)
Subject: Egg Toss Knocks Out Power
Keywords: U.S. news and features
Date: Tue, 1 Nov 94 4:20:23 PST
FRANKLIN, Pa. (AP) -- A teen-ager who was tossing eggs as a Halloween prank unwittingly created a fireball that knocked out electricity for at least 8,000 people.

Police said the 15-year-old boy tossed one or two eggs over a fence at a Pennsylvania Electric Co. substation Monday night.

The combination of splattered egg and rain made the 34,000-watt transformers arc, creating a flash that was visible in most of Franklin, a town midway between Pittsburgh and Erie.

One witness reported seeing a fireball. Lights went out for a few minutes for at least 8,000 people in Franklin and in houses as far away as Oil City, five miles to the northeast, utility officials said.

The boy turned himself in and was treated at a hospital for ringing ears.

The observant among you may have noticed that Franklin is my hometown. Now you know why I left... : )