Pheasant causes power outage, fire in DickinsonA pheasant is being blamed not only for a power outage in Dickinson but also a grass fire.
DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — A pheasant is being blamed not only for a power outage in Dickinson but also a grass fire.
Montana-Dakota Utilities spokesman Mark Hanson tells The Dickinson Press that the bird tried to perch on a power line Tuesday morning, causing a chain of events that left about 7,700 customers in the dark, some for about an hour.
Hanson says when the electrocuted pheasant fell from the power line it caused a small grass fire. Fire Chief Curt Lefor (LEH’-fur) says it took firefighters only a few minutes to put out, but it was in deep grass so it caused a lot of smoke.
Lefor says a Canada goose got tangled in a power line in Dickinson last week and caused a similar fire.