Power outage caused by bird affects 2,614 local households


Power outage caused by bird affects 2,614 local households

By Shiloh Appel

On the morning of April 22nd, at 8:30a.m., a brief power outage hit the towns of Doland, Frankfort, Faulkton and Redfield. The outage, which affected 2,614 customers, lasted for 20 minutes. According to a NorthWestern Energy spokesperson, the outage was caused by a bird that flew into the power line.

According to studies by T&D World, nearly a quarter of power outages in the United States are caused by birds. Usually, large birds such as herons, pelicans, cranes and ducks are the offenders due to their large size and wingspan.

Northwestern Energy stated that, along with birds, squirrels can often cause power outages when they chew on wires, or when their tales touch electrical transmitters.

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