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Squirrel Causes Power Outage in San Diego

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    Thousands of people were left without power in central San Diego, after a squirrel caused a loud explosion. The outage slowed traffic across the city, shutting down restaurants and other businesses. NBC 7's Astrid Solorzano reports.

    (Published Tuesday, July 25, 2017)

    A squirrel left more than 45,000 customers across San Diego without power for several hours Tuesday, according to San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E). 

    Residents from San Diego's University Heights to North Park to Normal Heights to Old Town and Kensington neighborhoods were without power from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., according to SDG&E spokeswoman Helen Gao.

    The squirrel came in contact with a high voltage transmission line, leaving the entire substation shut down, Gao said.

    Power was restored around 1:30 p.m., officials said. 

    A map of the outages is available on the power company's website.