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Huntsville Utilities says the power outage that affected 26,000 homes and businesses on Sunday night is due to a snake.

Power went off at 9:03 p.m when a snake came in contact with high-voltage power equipment on a pole behind an industrial facility on Green Cove Road, according to Bill Yell, spokesperson for Huntsville Utilities. 

The fault caused by the equipment damage rode through the power lines to a substation on Chaney Thompson Road and damaged equipment inside the station.

The majority of the power was restored by 10:30 p.m., and all customers were restored by midnight.

The outage affected Huntsville residents south of Airport Road, east of Redstone Arsenal to the Tennessee River, and west of Green Mountain.