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Seagull flies into wires in Capitola, knocks out power to 10,000

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A seagull flew into two power lines Monday morning, causing an outage that affected about 10,000 residents of the Capitola area, a PG&E spokeswoman said.

The bird flew into the wires at 42nd Avenue and Clares Street at about 5:50 a.m., PG&E spokeswoman Monica Tell said.

Power had been restored to 8,890 customers by 6:35 a.m., and the rest of the customers had their electricity back by 9:45 a.m., Tell said.

Tell said it is rare for a bird to cause an outage.

“We try to safeguard equipment against birds,” Tell said. “Unfortunately, the bird didn’t make it.”

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