Snake causes 16,000 people to lose power in Greene County

Snake causes large power outage in Greene County / Source: Greeneville Light & Power

GREENE COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Saturday saw a power outage for about 16,000 people in Greene County after a snake tampered with some equipment.

According to CBS affiliate WJHL, a 5-foot-long snake got into the top of a breaker at a substation. Chuck Bowlin, the director of operations and engineering at Greeneville Light & Power, said about 16,000 people were in the dark.

The incident happened just before 10 p.m. on May 12, and it took them less than an hour to get it turned back on.

Bowlin told WJHL that the snake was attempting to get near a couple of birds that were in a nest at the top of the breaker.