The power went out, but you’ll never guess what was the culprit

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A sneaky snake snuck into a substation in South Carolina early Wednesday morning resulting in a power outage that affected more than 4,000 residents in the northwestern part of the state.

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Duke Energy spokesman Ryan Mosier said the snake had crawled into the substation at about 5 a.m., disrupting service and leaving Greenville County residents in the dark.

It took about 90 minutes to completely restore service.

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Utility companies are frequent targets of snakes, squirrels and birds, who seemingly enjoy causing chaos by chomping on electrical equipment. Mosier says it’s not uncommon, especially this time of year.

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