UPDATE: Squirrel causes post-wide power outage at Fort Gordon

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

FORT GORDON, Ga. (WRDW) -- A squirrel is to blame for the post-wide power outage at Fort Gordon Saturday.

A media rep with Georgia Power says the squirrel got into equipment in the substation area, and that's what caused the blackout and explosion sound.

He said the "boom" sound came from when the squirrel touched the wrong piece of equipment.

The lights went out around nine Saturday morning.

The Fort Gordon Facebook page said everything is back to normal and the Main Exchange and Commissary are open. MWR facilities are in the process of reopening.

Here's an explanation from the post:

"Just to clarify, shortly before 9:00 a.m., the post lost power after a reported explosion-like sound in the vicinity of Nelson Hall. We still have no additional information as to what exactly occurred or what the estimated time of repair is.

Thank you for your patience. We'll keep you posted."

However, the Youth Center will be closed Saturday, the page said.

Georgia Power assessed the situation, the page said.

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