Crow causes power outage

Justin Dickie
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AMHERST - Electricity was knocked out at a pair of homes in the Taplin Drive-Agnew Street area yesterday morning after a crow shorted out the power.

AMHERST - Electricity was knocked out at a pair of homes in the Taplin Drive-Agnew Street area yesterday morning after a crow shorted out the power.

"They (Nova Scotia Power) said a crow did it," said Taplin Drive resident Earl Gouchie, who lives about 100 yards from where the incident took place. "It was up near a transformer. The crow flew up there and shorted it out.

"It killed him."

Nova Scotia Power spokesperson Glennie Langille said birds shorting out power isn't that uncommon.

"Birds often sit on wires and cause no problems, but sometimes what will happen is at certain times of the year when birds are building nests, they can cause trouble because they're dropping things and making contact that they normally wouldn't," Langille said. "It happens."

Still, Gouchie could hardly believe it.

"It sounded just like a shotgun shot this morning when the power went off," he said. "I couldn't imagine a bird putting the power out, but that's what they said. It was laying there on the ground and all the feathers were burned off his chest."

jdickie@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Nova Scotia Power

Geographic location: Taplin Drive-Agnew Street

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    January 18, 2010 - 11:13

    A racoon caused a power outage in Halifax -nothing new