Bird blamed for outage on Grand Rapids’ West Side

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A screenshot of the Consumers Energy outage map showing an outage in Grand Rapids Monday, April 6, 2020.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Consumers Energy says it appears a bird flew into a power line Monday, knocking out power to more than 1,700 customers in Grand Rapids.

Consumers spokesperson Roger Morgenstern told News 8 that someone called authorities after they saw a turkey fly into a 7,200-volt line at Seward Avenue and Watson Street on Grand Rapids’ West Side.

The utility company said their crew has not yet found the bird’s body.

According to the Consumers Energy outage map, the outage, which affected 1,788 customers, was reported around 6:40 a.m. Monday. Power was restored to the affected customers around 9 a.m. Monday.

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