Bulldozer rampages, parrots and runaway trucks: Weirdest power outages of 2013

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Power management company Eaton has released its 2013 Blackout Tracker Annual Report, which lists the best and worst states for power outages.

The report also listed some pretty strange causes for power outages last year.

California, for the fifth year in a row, was the top state for power outages, followed by Texas and Michigan. The reported number of people affected by outages decreased from 25 million in 2012 to 14 million in 2013.

By national average, 6,543 people were affected for over three hours per outage in 2013 and power failures caused problems for people and businesses in all 50 states.


Overall, 3,236 reported outages were used as the basis for the 2013 report, representing an increase of about 15 percent from the 2,808 outages reported in 2012.

Among the most unusual causes of power outages in 2013:

·         Clallam County, Wash.: On May 10, a man was so mad at his neighbors that he went on a rampage with a bulldozer. He damaged four homes, knocked over a 70-foot pole and cut power to thousands of people.

·         Naugatuck, Conn.: On June 7, a runaway trash truck rolled down the street and smashed into a utility pole after the driver exited to take a phone call — damaging the truck and knocking out power.

·         Redondo Beach, Calif.: On December 9, wild parrots roosting on an overhead line knocked out power to more than 6,100 customers for three hours.

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