Power outages in the Eau Claire area nearby Target, Wal-Mart and Aldi supermarket.

Eau Claire (WQOW) – A power outage left several Eau Claire businesses and their customers in the dark Saturday afternoon.  Customers reported lights flickering at Target around 3 PM, and a smell of something burning.  The power problems also affected the hereby Aldi supermarket and Wal-Mart, according to customers who were shopping at the time.

News 18’s Shannon Satterlee reported seeing Target employees removing meat from the coolers, presumably as a precaution.

Xcel energy’s website showed tow power outages in that area, affecting over 500 customers.

There is no word yet on the cause of the outage, though township fire department was called to a transformer fire at about the same time.

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