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Bird collides with power system, knocks out electricity and most traffic lights in Hammond

8 months 3 days 23 hours ago Friday, January 18 2019 Jan 18, 2019 January 18, 2019 4:54 PM January 18, 2019 in News
Source: WBRZ

HAMMOND – A power outage knocked out power nearly city-wide Friday and caused traffic lights at most intersections within the city to go out.

Entergy told WBRZ, a large bird somehow flew into the substation serving the city, knocking out power to large feeder lines. Some 22,000 customers lost power.

As of 5 o’clock Friday, most the city had power restored but the resulting impact on traffic was expected to be felt into the evening.

WBRZ traffic trackers reported gridlock on all major streets in Hammond.

The police department dispatched all available officers to as many intersections as they could, a city spokesperson told WBRZ.

The bird died as a result of its collision with the power lines.

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