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.