Snake gets zapped, blacking out part of Sheridan

The bullsnake is one of the largest North American snakes and can grow up to 8 feet. (Pyson / Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0)

SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) - A large bull snake caused a power outage in northern Wyoming that affected about 3,900 electric customers.

Montana-Dakota Utilities spokesman Mark Hanson says the power outage occurred about 12:15 p.m. Tuesday when the snake tripped a transformer.

Hanson says the outage included parts of the city of Sheridan and surrounding communities, including Dayton and Ranchester.

Most customers had power restored within a couple of hours.

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