OAKLAND (CBS SF) – A seagull flew into some power lines in Oakland Thursday morning, briefly knocking out power to about 6,600 PG&E customers, a utility spokeswoman said.
The outage began around 7:15 a.m. when the bird came into contact with two parallel wires at Porter and High streets, near Interstate Highway 580.READ MORE: Apple: Blindsided, Handcuffed By Trump Administration Demand For Swalwell Data
“Its wing span was wide enough to make contact with both lines,” PG&E spokeswoman Tamar Sarkissian said.
The bird was killed, the lines came down, and thousands of people nearby lost electricity.
PG&E crews responded and worked to repair the lines, restoring service to all but about 100 customers shortly after 8 a.m., Sarkissian said. The remaining customers got their power back around 12:30 p.m., she said.READ MORE: COVID Recovery: BART Increases Saturday Service; Weekend Use On The Rebound
To prevent similar incidents in the future, PG&E replaced one of the lines with an insulated wire so any bird touching both wires wouldn’t act as a conduit.
“We certainly want to prevent outages but we also want to prevent harm from coming to any birds or animals,” Sarkissian said.
PG&E urges anyone who sees a downed power line to assume it is live, stay away from it and call 911.MORE NEWS: Update: One Killed, Two Injured When Truck Crashes Into Diners at San Jose Sports Bar
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