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Goose caught on camera causing Michigan power outage

By Ben Hooper
An explosion results from a goose flying into a power line in Muskegon, Mich. The incident left about 4,500 people without electricity for five hours. Screenshot: Willard Hall/Facebook
An explosion results from a goose flying into a power line in Muskegon, Mich. The incident left about 4,500 people without electricity for five hours. Screenshot: Willard Hall/Facebook

May 9 (UPI) -- A Michigan man's dashboard camera revealed the cause of a power outage affecting 4,500 people -- a goose that flew into a power line.

About 4,500 Consumers Energy customers in Muskegon were without electricity for about five hours Sunday, and the utility blamed an unspecified equipment failure for the outage.

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Details of the equipment failure were unclear until a local man, Willard Hall, shared a video on Facebook that was recorded by his dashboard camera just before 6:30 a.m.

The video shows a bright flash of light above the road, followed by a goose falling lifelessly to the ground.

Consumers spokesman Roger Morgenstern said the goose collided with a 7,200 volt line, which tripped a nearby transformer.

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