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Bird nest debris causes power outage in St. John's, Newfoundland

Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Thursday, August 7, 2014, 10:55 AM - More than 2,000 people in St. John's, Newfoundland's briefly lost power Thursday morning, thanks to one feathered friend.

"Our crews have been dispatched to investigate the outage in the east end of St. John's," tweeted Newfoundland Power early Thursday.

After further investigation, officials said it was debris from a bird's nest that disrupted service.

Electricity was restored to all customers about 30 minutes later and the utility says the bird, which appears to be an osprey, is safe.

Officials say it's the second time in as many weeks that avian activity has knocked out electricity.

Last week, a crow came in contact with substation equipment, disrupting power in Conception Bay South for a short time, according to the CBC.

With files from The Canadian Press

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