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Odd Snake Incident #2

  1. Jun 19, 2004 #1
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    Boa triggers blackout in Honduras
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    Wednesday, May 19, 2004
    (05-19) 16:34 PDT TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) --
    A boa constrictor triggered a 15-minute nationwide blackout when it slithered into a generator at a major hydroelectric plant, officials said Wednesday.
    The boa was electrocuted Tuesday after entering El Cajon, a plant that supplies 60 percent of Honduras' electricity.
    "The snake was responsible for leaving the country in darkness," said Rosario Castillo, president of the National Electric Energy Company.
    "The reptile got itself into the area that supplies two enormous generation units. It was electrocuted, causing a short-circuit that shut off the emergency system," Castillo said.
    Power outages are common in Honduras. A failure at the same hydroelectric dam left the entire nation without power for three hours in September.
    URL: http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2004/05/19/international1934EDT0786.DTL
    ©2004 Associated Press
     
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