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2014-08-04 at 17:58

Bird causes power outage that affects 17,000

By Leith Dunick,
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About 17,000 Thunder Bay residents went without power for a portion of Monday’s civic holiday.

An explosion atop a north-side transformer appears to be the culprit. 

Fire crews responded to the call at about 10 a.m. Fire captain Anthony Smodis said after they arrived on scene at the corner of Balsam Street and the Thunder Bay Expressway witnesses told firefighters they saw a green glow that then turned to orange, sparking the power outage.

No injuries were reported and Thunder Bay Hydro said a bird was to blame.

Power has since been restored to all customers, the utility told Thunder Bay Television.

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localdog says:
I'm willing to bet the bird was injured.
8/4/2014 8:21:30 PM
madtrapper says:
Thanks Captain Obvious.
8/5/2014 9:26:18 AM
Joey_J says:
How big was this bird?
8/5/2014 11:07:54 AM
idontknowitall says:
Were they able to determine how the bird came into possession of explosives?
8/5/2014 11:19:03 AM
Stephen says:
The story isn't too clear but I'm guessing it was a raven, or a crow. They always want to sit on the highest place so they can say "bawk!" and insult everyone else. Cat people will know that they like to sit just out of reach of the cat. It makes them crazy.
8/5/2014 6:25:54 PM
Tannoy says:
Is anyone going to eat that bird?
8/6/2014 4:11:22 PM
jethro says:
Thanx obvious "madhatter*,, At least you have one crystal ball that showed you what happened!!!!
8/7/2014 5:04:40 PM
varga says:
Why isn't the mayor doing more to stop these birds!!??
8/8/2014 10:50:42 AM
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