Waterford — A black snake that slithered into a transformer at Crystal Mall on Tuesday afternoon caused power outages at the mall and the nearby Wal-Mart, fire officials said.
Power was restored to most of the mall a short time later, police said. As of 7:05 p.m., Connecticut Light and Power reported 67 customers still without power in the town.
At 7:20 p.m., a Wal-Mart employee reported that power had been restored but that the store is yet to reopen.
Home Depot, Target and the Waterford Commons, across Hartford Road, still had power when the outage occurred at about 4:40 p.m. One hundred ninety-seven customers in town were without power shortly after 5:20 p.m., according to CL&P.
Police said traffic was uninterrupted along Hartford Road.