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June 1, 2014

Dead snake brings about power outages

DUNCAN — A slithering snake caused a power outage in Duncan, Comanche, Waurika and parts of Lawton in the predawn hours Saturday.

 The snake crawled into a switch station shared by Western Farmers Electric Cooperative and Public Service of Oklahoma  a mile south of Comanche to cause the problem, company officials said.

Power to 3,147 customers in Duncan, Comanche, Waurika and parts of Lawton was curtailed, at 3:31 a.m., but was restored by 4:46 a.m. after the snake’s fried remains were removed, said Ed Bettinger, a spokesman for PSO.

“The snake was on Western Farmers’ side of the switch station, but it still managed to affect both customers,” Bettinger said.

Sondra Boykin, communications coordinator of Western Farmers Electric Cooperative, said customers in  Ryan and Sugden lost electricity.

“It was all because of a stupid snake,” she  said.

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