Parrots Cause Blackout in Beach Cities

The blackout lasted at least three hours.

FILE PHOTO: Utility pole and power lines. Photo credit Nicole Mooradian
FILE PHOTO: Utility pole and power lines. Photo credit Nicole Mooradian

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

Most of the customers were located in Hermosa Beach; however, some Redondo Beach residents told Patch via Facebook that they also lost power. Some experienced brownouts, while some of the outages were only momentary. 

"Brown out since 4. Black out for the last 45 minutes or so," Dawn Miller-Fulton wrote. "It just ended."

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 in Hermosa Beach. 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 10, 2013 at 08:44 PM
Would someone please explain how the parrots were able to cause the blackout? Were they too heavy? Did they peck at the line? Did SCE use crow-proof lines instead of parrot-proof ones? This explanation sounds too silly as it stands.
Tom B. December 19, 2013 at 02:11 PM
I agree. I went to this story to understand how the parrots caused the outage. In general I like the parrots. Hopefully none of them were fried.
Sidra January 02, 2014 at 12:37 AM
parrots, really ? so, do the parrots pay for the amount of electricity for which citizens pay, yet had no power ! domestic vs wild parrot owner !
Wolfman March 05, 2014 at 10:13 PM
the Redondo Beach Parrots have a rein on our city as they have been around for years. Read the story on the Redondo Beach Parrots


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