Slithering serpent again slices power in South Carolina

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Posted: Jun 12, 2016 2:52 PM

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Power is flowing again to more than 7,000 electric customers in South Carolina after a snake got into a substation and cut power — the third time in recent weeks that a serpent has shorted electric power in the state.

Local media outlets report power was quickly restored Saturday after a snake caused the outage for Duke power customers near the county line between Greenville and Spartanburg counties.

Duke Energy spokesman Ryan Mosier says the snake did not survive.

On June 3, a black rate snake slithered into a substation in Rock Hill, cutting power to about 6,400 customers for about an hour. The month before, two black snakes crawled into a transformer, again in Rock Hill, cutting power to about 6,000 customers.