Raccoon Blamed for Early Morning Outage in Casper

 
by K2 News Desk, info@k2tv.com 
 
A raccoon that got into a substation is being blamed for a Wednesday morning power outage on the East side of Casper and Evansville. 
 
Power was out for around 2,700 customers for about seven hours beginning at 3:20 Wednesday morning. It came back on shortly after 10:00 a.m. as stop lights started working to restore traffic to its regular pace. 
 
The Natrona County Sheriff's Office says the outage also caused Casper's Sinclair refinery to go into an automated emergency response procedure. Part of that system sounds alarms and vents out chemicals, to prevent an explosion. The chemicals that were released are described as "smoke and steam" and were not a threat to the community. 
 
This is the second major outage in less than three weeks in the Casper area. More than 11,000 customers lost power on Sunday May 19th.