1,700 people without power during outage caused by squirrel

A large power outage around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday left nearly 1,700 people without power, according to the SCE&G outage map. The cause?

“Well, in a nutshell, it was a squirrel,” said SCE&G spokesperson Eric Boomhower, who added the squirrel caused an interruption to service when it shorted out the line.

Boomhower said it is not uncommon for a squirrel to be the cause of outages like the one Tuesday morning. He also said the effects of the outage varied and that some were without power for about 15 minutes, while others were in the dark until service was completely restored around 9:30 a.m.

SCE&G customers can report outages online or by calling 1-888-333-4465 or texting 467234.

“The most efficient way is via text,” Boomhower said, adding that it can be harder to get through on the phone during an outage.

Customers must have a registered online account at SCEG.com to report outages via text.

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