FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A power company spokesman says a squirrel was the cause of 1,900 power outages in the city of Frederick.

FirstEnergy Corp spokesman Eyad Gheith tells The Frederick News-Post that an animal contact incident occurred Saturday afternoon at a substation.

Gheith says it was a squirrel which caused a circuit lockout. Gheith says in turn, that caused a transformer go out, which lead to the power outages.

Crews were working to replace the transformer that afternoon. Gheith says customers could expect power to be restored by 5 p.m.

Gheith didn’t know the condition of the squirrel.

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