Culprit of Saturday night blackout was a snake

Jul. 29, 2013 @ 06:07 PM

A snake was likely to blame for a power outage in downtown Henderson Saturday night, putting the lights out for 1,689 customers for about two hours.

Duke Energy spokesman Justin Landon said the first call in to them about the problem came from an Orange Avenue customer, but more followed from areas on and near Garnett Street.

The outage occurred because of a substation short on Garnett Street, according to Landon.

“It appears there was an animal interference problem at the Garnett Street station,” Landon said. “A snake got in the equipment.”

Landon confirmed that the snake likely did pay for its transgression with its life, according to crew reports, at 9:24 p.m.

“We dispatched engineer crews at 9:28 p.m.,” he added.

Power came on at 11:45 p.m., according to Landon. The outage map accessed from Duke-Energy.com online noted all was clear of outages on Monday across Vance and adjoining counties.

 

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