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Burned Clamp To Blame For Iowa Outage

PLEASANT HILL, Iowa (AP) -- MidAmerican Energy says it's found the real cause of a power outage that briefly affected a Des Moines suburb.

The company told The Des Moines Register that officials determined a burned clamp created the outage Saturday in Pleasant Hill. A clamp is a piece of equipment used on power lines.

The Pleasant Hill Police Department said earlier that a squirrel gnawed through wiring and caused the outage. Before that, there was confusion between the company and department about whether a car hit a utility pole.

About 1,900 customers were affected, but power has been restored to everyone.

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