Squirrel Behind Monday Morning Power Outage

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A bright flash and a loud explosion startled residents in a west Springs neighborhood late Sunday night.

Then the homes of nearly 90 customers all went black.

Power was out for hours Monday morning for 86 customers in the area of 21st and Cimarron--and Colorado Springs Utilities says a surprisingly tiny culprit is to blame for all the commotion. Rodent-sized, to be exact.

CSU says a squirrel chewed through a power line, forcing utility crews to work through the night to get power back on.

Power was restored to all customers by 6:20 a.m.

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