SEATTLE -- Electricity is back on for about 38,000 customers in Seattle's Ballard, Fremont and Wallingford neighborhoods after a widespread outage early Wednesday morning.
Seattle City Light believes a raccoon wandered into the a substation at 8th Avenue NW and Leary Way and somehow de-energized the system.
The incident caused a string of feeder lines to fail, causing the outage.
After nearly two hours in the dark crews were able to restore power to all affected customers by 5 a.m.
The raccoon was never captured but is said to have survived.
Jeff Pierce snapped photos of the raccoon after he saw crews at the substation trying to corral the animal.
"I heard a loud explosion and just came here to see what happened," he said. "You wouldn't think such a small raccoon could cause so much trouble."