BENCO Electric blames a squirrel for a power outage that affected customers in North Mankato Tuesday evening.

It happened about 6:06 pm.

BENCO’s Facebook page says a squirrel made its way into the substation, causing the outage.

The incident was visible to viewers who caught our six o'clock broadcast.

BENCO had power restored to most customers within an hour.

--- KEYC News 12