Snake causes power outage in St. Louis area

Thursday, July 7, 2011 | 12:37 p.m. CDT

BALLWIN — A curious snake is taking the blame and has paid the ultimate price for an outage that left nearly 24,000 suburban St. Louis homes without electricity.

KMOX Radio reported that most of the power has been restored in Ballwin, Manchester, Ellisville and Chesterfield after a snake ventured into a substation and zapped a high-voltage line Thursday morning.

Ameren Missouri officials said snakes are often a problem, especially during warm weather when they are particularly active.

The snake did not survive.


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