Pepco gave a few more details about the snake that got zapped Easter Sunday after it got caught in a circuit breaker at a substation in Upper Marlboro, causing about 6,800 customers to lose power for a few hours.
The black snake measured between three to four feet long and apparently entered the substation through “very small openings,” Pepco officials said. They believe it was looking for a cool spot on the warm, sunny day.
On Sunday, about 10:43 a.m., customers in the Upper Marlboro area reported they had lost power. By 1 p.m., power had been restored to most of the residents. Crews found a snake that had gotten stuck and fouled up a breaker and created what a Pepco official called a “gooey mess.”
Pictures sent from Pepco to the Post show blood on the walls of the substation and the remains of the snake.
Pepco said it does not have a “snake abatement program” and typically doesn’t have a “widespread problem” with snakes. (Readers had asked.)
In an emailed response, Clay Anderson, a spokesman for the utility, wrote “Pepco wants your readers to know that we do not try to harm any animals during the distribution of electricity to our customers.
“While the loss of the snake was unfortunate, it did in fact disrupt electric service to almost 7,000 of our customers in Prince George’s County.”