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Posted: 7:37 a.m. Tuesday, July 30, 2013
OAKLAND, Calif. —
A wayward seagull flew into a transformer in Oakland’s Jack London Square neighborhood early Tuesday, triggering a power outage to several blocks, authorities said.
A Pacific Gas & Electric spokeswoman said utility crews had determined a sea gull found dead at the scene was the culprit in the 6:46 a.m. outage.
Residents in the area said they heard what sounded like gunshots or an explosion.
“I was lying in bed,” said neighborhood resident Tom Mierzwinski. “I heard very loud boom…I saw a flash and heard another loud noise…I came out into the hall and the power was out. “
The explosion also downed power lines in the area near Oakland’s Produce Market. A sidewalk was scorched by one of the downed lines and a live wire was draped over a forklift.
No injuries were reported.
Utility crews were on the scene restoring power. PG&E said the outage initially blacked out 1,955 customers with 122 still without power at 7:20 a.m.
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