Bird may have been to blame for powercut


A powercut which left hundreds of homes without electricity may have been down to a bird.

Northern Ireland Electricity said that up to 850 customers had lost power in the Newtownards area late on Saturday afternoon.

However, by about 7.30pm, most were up-and-running again.

A spokesman said it had been a fairly windless day, and believed that the cut could have been caused by a bird such as a swan flying in to a conductor (that is, an overhead cable).

If one cable touches another, it can cause a power outage.