Nova Scotia

Osprey drops stick, causes power outage in Dartmouth

More than 1,100 homes were without power in the Dartmouth area Wednesday morning after an osprey dropped a stick on a power line, says Nova Scotia Power.
The Halifax fire platoon chief said ospreys often build their nests between high-tension wires. (CBC)

More than 1,100 homes were without power in the Dartmouth area Wednesday morning after an osprey dropped a stick on a power line, says Nova Scotia Power.

"These things happen in a province like Nova Scotia," said NSP spokesman David Rodenhiser.

He said the outage started at about 9 a.m. and lasted just under an hour before crews were able to remove the debris and restore power.

"We thank customers for their patience, I know it can be frustrating in the morning when you're trying to get ready."

Last month, a smouldering osprey nest on a power line caused over 12,000 houses to temporarily lose power in the Bedford and Sackville areas.

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