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.