PG&E says raccoons caused power outage

February 4, 2010 6:33:02 AM PST
PG&E officials are blaming a couple of raccoons for causing a power outage that affected several thousand customers in Contra Costa County this morning, a utility spokesman said.

PG&E crews went to a power substation in Richmond at around 1 a.m. to investigate a possible equipment failure that was interrupting power to around 22,000 customers in Richmond and San Pablo, PG&E spokesman J.D. Guidi said.

Crews found that at least two raccoons had gotten into the substation and were interfering with equipment.

The raccoons were removed from the premises and power was fully restored at 4:07 a.m., Guidi said.