Power grid is for the birds

It's amazing that with all the high tech mumbo jumbo and fail-safe systems we have available in modern society that a bird on a suicidal swoop at a substation can hold the newspaper and 4,299 other customers powerless.

An errant bird caused a 30-minute power outage this afternoon for 4,300 Knoxville Utilities Board customers when it flew into a substation.

We reported that Monday online after the lights came back on.

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