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Snake causes power outage in northwest Oklahoma City, is electrocuted

About 14,000 OG&E customers in northwest Oklahoma City lost power for a short time early Thursday when a snake made contact with a switch on electrical equipment.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: May 3, 2012 at 12:09 pm •  Published: May 3, 2012
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A snake slithered its way into electrical equipment early Thursday and caused a power outage in northwest Oklahoma City.

About 14,000 electric customers lost power at 2 a.m., said Karen Kurtz, Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co. spokeswoman.

Power was restored by 3 a.m.

Kurtz said the snake was found at the Lone Oak power substation at NW 164 and N MacArthur Boulevard.

“He got on a switch and the contact made the switch go bad,” Kurtz said. The snake was electrocuted. She did not know what type of snake it was.

Snakes often are active around substations after a rainy period because they are seeking higher ground, Kurtz said. It was not the first time a snake or other wildlife caused an outage.

“This is the first one I have heard of in awhile,” Kurtz said.