“There’s a lot of energy going through that equipment," he said, though he added that a secondary fall also could have led to the squirrel's death.
Another power outage was reported Monday after a dump truck hit some wires in the city, Long told The State. By 11:45 a.m., nearly 1,800 customers had reported being without power, according to an outage map on the energy company's website.
Power has since been repaired in downtown Columbia. Long said crews are working to make repairs in the areas affected by the second outage.
Some blackouts were also reported in Lexington County, the newspaper reported.