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Squirrel Gets Tangled in Electrical Circuit, Causing WIS to Briefly Go Off the Air

The WIS morning show was briefly interrupted yesterday by an unlikely source — a squirrel.

The Columbia, SC NBC affiliate was moving right along with their morning broadcast when the station was knocked off the air (in the middle of a report by meteorologist  Ben Tanner on Tropical Storm Emily) around 6:15 a.m.

The cause, according to the station’s website, was “a sneaky squirrel” who crawled into the electrical breakers that provide power to the station’s studio. Although the station’s generator powered up immediately, there was still a few minutes of dead air¬† due to newsroom computers that needed resetting. Tanner continued his weather report once the station was back up, saying, “It appears we had a bit of a power surge!”

Watch the video after the jump. (h/t NewsBlues)

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