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Squirrel blamed for outage near Mills mall

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Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, 1:21 a.m.

Power was knocked out to about 40 Allegheny Power customers in and near the Pittsburgh Mills mall Thursday afternoon when a curious squirrel crawled into a substation and caused an equipment malfunction.

Company spokesman Ron Lombardo said power went out at about 5:40 p.m. and was restored at about 6:20 p.m.

Business and traffic lights in the shopping mall complex were affected, as were neighboring houses.

Lombardo said the squirrel came in contact with electrical equipment, and that blew a couple of fuses.

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