Geese fly into power line, cause fire, and 19,000 people lose electricity

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Yesterday two geese floating on the Spicket River near Methuen, Mass., took off, and laboring to get airborne from the water flew into a 28,000-volt power line that crossed the river. An eyewitness said there was huge, blue explosion, jarring loose several cables which fell to the ground and ignited a small vegetation fire.  Firefighters spent several hours putting out the fire. One of the geese was killed and the other was injured, but later could not be found by one of the people who witnessed the incident.

The power outage affected about 19,000 people and caused several manufacturing plants to shut down.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.