Many residents in a wide area of eastern Benton County were without power from around 5:40PM till nearly 11:30PM Thursday, due to somebody shooting at power lines.

Deputies are searching for clues after getting reports of gunfire near Meals and Toothaker Roads.  The affected areas were west and northwest of Hover Park. Authorities say whomever was doing the shooting hit several power lines, poles, and likely transformers, causing what officials said was "extensive damage."

It took crews nearly six hours to restore service.

Deputies searched the area and did find numerous shell casings. Anyone who may have information on the suspect(s) is urged to call (509)-628-0333. All leads can be confidential.

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