Bird cuts power to Lake Country homes

A power outage caused by a bird affected 1,667 BC Hydro customers Saturday night

A bird caused confusion and a loss of power in Lake Country Saturday night.

Witnesses reported seeing flashes of blue light in the Central Okanagan sky shortly after 11 p.m. as a power outage affected 1,667 customers.

“Power went out just after 11 because a bird contacted the wires,” said BC Hydro spokesperson Mora Scott. “Because of the way the bird touched the wire, we think it touched a second wire or bird, a sudden release of electricity at that moment caused the flash.”

Scott said because the bird came into contact with either another bird or wire, the bird acted as a conduit for electricity.

Crews on scene had the electricity back on shortly after 1 a.m.


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