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Hope, Indiana -- A raccoon that wandered into a power substation is being blamed for an hours-long outage in a south-central Indiana community.

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Anestimated 1,100 customers of both Duke Energy and Bartholomew CountyREMC were plunged into darkness late Tuesday night when the raccooncaused an electrical short in both lines and equipment in a Duke Energysubstation. Power was restored to the area early Wednesday about fivehours later.

REMC line superintendent Jim Kamman tells The Republic the raccoon "got into a place he shouldn't have been."

He says crews will try to better secure the facility to safeguard it from future animal intrusions.