Funny story for today. I was playing a video game on the 3rd Floor when I heard a LOUD “BOOM”! Then all the power went out in the house. It sounded like explosive decompression, and I was horribly concerned that the compressor on one of our Air Conditioners had blown. Came down stairs and the Mrs. looked just as confused as I, so I ruled out the AC that she was sitting beside.
I looked outside and couldn’t see anything wrong with the world. No car accidents or crowds gathering, just a few people on their porches looking around.
The neighbors on one side of the house still had power, as their air conditioners were cranking away. I went over to the other neighbor and saw their son puttering around in the kitchen. I gave him a wave, and asked if he had power.
He had seen it all go down. It appears that a finch decided to land on the transformer and made herself into a little feathered resistor. You could see on the body where the charge had arced and blown a strip of feathers off of her and blew a sizable hole in her neck.
As you can tell by my typing the electric company showed up inside of an hour and very quickly changed the fuse on the transformer.
Was a neat little experience….well maybe not so much for the bird….