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Orange Park power outage caused by snake 
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Orange Park power outage caused by snake 

Orange Park power outage caused by snake 

Orange Park power outage caused by snake 

An early morning power outage that impacted more than 2,000 JEA customers in the Orange Park area was caused by a snake at a substation. 

According to a JEA spokesperson, power was restored to all customers before sunrise.  The snake, clearly, did not survive. 


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