Snake to blame for SC power outage that affected thousands

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GREENVILLE, S.C. – A snake caused a power outage that knocked out electricity to thousands of Duke Energy customers early Wednesday morning.

Ryan Mosier with Duke Energy said a snake came into contact with equipment at a substation and caused the outage.

Duke Energy reported 4,795 customers were without power in Greenville County around 6:20 a.m. Wednesday.

Most of the outages were concentrated in the city of Greenville and lasted about an hour.

β€œWe work to create barriers to prevent wildlife from coming into contact with equipment, but it is not an uncommon cause for an outage,” Mosier said.