July 26 (UPI) -- A power company in California reported a squirrel was responsible for an outage that left thousands of customers in the dark.
San Diego Gas and Electric reported a substation was down on Tuesday afternoon after the squirrel came in contact with a high voltage transmission line.
"A substation is currently down and we are working hard to repair," SDG&E tweeted. "Thank you for your patience."
About 45,000 customers in Balboa Park, Chollas Creek, City Heights, Hillcrest, Mission Hills, Normal Heights, North Park, Oak Park, Old Town and surrounding areas were left without power beginning at about 12:30 p.m.
Utility crews managed to restore power to the affected areas by about 1:30 p.m. the energy company said.