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Power Restored After Parrots Cause Blackout

The blackout affected thousands of Hermosa Beach residents.

FILE PHOTO: Utility pole and power lines. Photo credit Nicole Mooradian
FILE PHOTO: Utility pole and power lines. Photo credit Nicole Mooradian
Editor's note: This article has been updated multiple times. The Southern California Edison website originally indicated incorrect times for when the outages began. The story has been updated to reflect the corrected times.

Wild parrots on an overhead line caused a power outage that knocked out service to 6,109 Southern California Edison customers in Hermosa Beach, the utility reported.

The outage began at 3:56 p.m. and service was restored to all customers by 7:15 p.m., SCE spokesman Paul Netter said.

The outage area was bordered by Eighth Street to the north, The Strand to the west, Beryl Street to the south and Pacific Coast Highway to the east, Netter said.

A second blackout began at about 3:45 p.m. and affected more than 900 customers. It wasn't immediately clear if it was related to the larger outage; however, power had been restored by 10:30 p.m.

—City News Service, with additional reporting by editor Nicole Mooradian. 
Tom F. December 08, 2013 at 11:45 PM
Really? A bird on a power line? Who could have foreseen that? Don't worry, SCE. It's not your fault. It's that uncooperative bird.
Matt Espitia December 09, 2013 at 03:21 AM
Yeah... Blame the birds.... More like the outdated electrical around here. That needs to be upgraded.
Sidra December 09, 2013 at 01:08 PM
really. this happens on my block so often, i never bother to reset my clocks. i pay on time, can't they give proper service. and, they are always digging up the streets, what are they doing, cause it isn't working, duh.....
Ruthie December 09, 2013 at 02:26 PM
The power outage also affected an area along Aviation. Traffic lights were out from about Grant at least to Prospect and including some businesses along there.
K. A. December 09, 2013 at 03:25 PM
Not only on Aviation but down to Flagler as well. Some of us on Harriman were out as well. So it was Redondo Beach too.
Nicole Mooradian (Editor) December 09, 2013 at 04:01 PM
Thanks for the info, K.A. I posted a version of the story on Redondo Beach Patch after querying our Facebook fans about whether their power went out.
Donna December 10, 2013 at 11:27 AM
The birds also get blamed for the sparks that cause fires in PV.

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