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UPDATE: Morning power outage caused by squirrel

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -

UPDATE: A squirrel met its demise today about 10:15 a.m. at EPB's Riverside substation, located behind the Chattanooga School for Arts and Sciences off Riverside Drive.

The sub-station services about one-third of downtown Chattanooga and the Northshore.

Climbing across some electrical equipment, the squirrel made contact between two devices charged with 12,000 volts, tripping the electrical system and dispatching the animal.

EPB spokesman John Pless told Channel 3 that the vast majority of customers affected lost power for only 30-40 seconds at EPB's SmartGrid technology re-routed power, as the system is designed to do.

A much smaller number of customer were affected for only 5-10 minutes, but about 1,500 customers in all were affected.

Power was fully restored about 10:31 a.m.

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