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A loud explosion was followed by a lack of power for about 400 customers in Statesville on Thursday afternoon along North Kelly Street near Center Street. The culprit? A squirrel found its way up a pole and blew out a transformer around 9 a.m., the Statesville Fire Department said. City crews spent the next 30 minutes restoring power to the homes, according to city spokeswoman Nancy Davis.

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