Nova Scotia

Bird knocks out power to 3,800 in Halifax

Nova Scotia Power said a bird is responsible for a power outage that affected thousands of people in south-end Halifax on Monday morning.

Bird flew into transmission tower near Armdale Rotary, says Nova Scotia Power

Nova Scotia Power said a bird is responsible for a power outage that affected thousands of people in south-end Halifax on Monday morning.

The lights went out at approximately 10:15 a.m. on Monday and at the peak of the outage, about 3,800 homes and businesses lost power on and around Quinpool Road, Oxford Street, South Street and Barrington Street.

Electricity was restored just before 11 a.m.

Nova Scotia Power says a bird flew into a transmission tower and knocked out power to thousands in south-end Halifax on Monday. (CBC)

Neera Ritcey, a spokeswoman for Nova Scotia Power, said a bird flew into a transmission tower near the Armdale Rotary and that knocked out power in the area.

"Generally the system is able to self-restore in situations like this when there's a temporary interference," she told CBC News.

"We have safety mechanisms in place called reclosers for instances like this but because that mechanism was shut off due to some reliability work, it was more than just a flicker."

Ritcey said she did not know what kind of bird was involved in the outage.

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