Sheffield homes suffered power cut and ‘explosion’ heard after bird hit overhead cable

A bird strike was to blame for hundreds of homes suffering a power cut in a Sheffield suburb this morning.

Monday, 28th June 2021, 12:46 pm
A total of 1,179 homes were without power in Sheffield earlier this morning

Residents in Handsworth claimed to have heard the sound of an ‘explosion’ before their electricity went off, which Northern Powergrid said was due to a bird hitting a overhead cable.

The firm said a total of 1,779 homes were affected by the bird strike at 10.08am, with 1,115 back with power again within a couple of minutes.

The rest were all re-connected by 10.30am.

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