HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - A bird is to blame for a power outage that hit electric customers Friday in Hamilton, but the creature paid with its life.
Hamilton utility spokesperson Tony Pochard says overhead power lines are not insulated, but are spaced so that birds and squirrel cannot short out the lines. Sometimes the animals find a flaw in the security. In this case, the bird bridged a gap in an lightning arrestor on top of a power pole, allowing current to flow through its body.
Power went out to two thousand customers in the south end of Lindenwald, and stayed out for about an hour before it was fixed.
Due to the voltage, the electric workers were unable to tell what kind of bird was involved, but it wasn't a large species.
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