Squirrel causes major power outages

TRI-CITIES, Wash. -- This weekend's major power outages in West Pasco and Richland now appear to have been caused by a squirrel.

Hundreds were without power for several hours on Saturday. And it turns out, the whole thing happened because a squirrel got stuck in a transformer It caused an electrical cable to fail, which then shut off power to hundreds of people. As crazy as it sounds, dispatchers tell us cases like this are actually quite common.