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100-plus snakes greet Firemen. September 17, 2007

Posted by tkcollier in Enviroment, Humor, In The News, Lifestyle.

Fire reveals 100-plus snakes
DELRAY BEACH — The hissing coming from the smoky warehouse Sunday morning wasn’t from fire.

When firefighters, responding to a 1:31 a.m. call, forced the door open, they found more than 100 boa constrictors and pythons – some on the loose.

Others were in metal, glass and plastic cages that had started melting when firefighters arrived at the warehouse at 340 N.E. Fourth St., Battalion Chief Russ Accardi said. The boas were about 8 feet long and the pythons 12 to 17 feet, he said. The big ones weighed about 200 pounds. Some of the smaller ones were dead when firefighters arrived.

Nobody was injured, but one of the firefighters came across a large snake, grabbed it to get it out of the way and wound up wearing it.

“When he came out, he had this boa all wrapped around his neck,” Accardi said.

Using shipment information on one box inside the warehouse, authorities were able to notify Craig Bryant, 33, owner of the snakes and renter of the warehouse unit.

The reptiles were being bred for sale to retailers, he told authorities.

Calls to Bryant were not returned Sunday. Authorities could not reach the building owner, Carole Properties and Management.

It took firefighters 30 minutes to put out the fire, which did not appear to be suspicious, Accardi said. Wires in the back of the property might have caused it, he said.

The nature of the incident caught everyone by surprise, Accardi said.

“It just looked like a normal warehouse. It just points out, firefighters never know what they are crawling into.”



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