[UPDATE 7:20 a.m.] Half Eureka Was Dark Last Night
According to a spokesperson for the Eureka Police Department, “Half the city was dark for a couple of hours” last night. Power was out from I Street west to Broadway and from 5th Street south for a ways. Power was out from just before 2 until around 4:30 a.m.
At least one person heard an explosion and an EPD officer saw “a bright light in the sky.” The loss of electricity caused multiple alarms to go off throughout the city. The spokesperson said that “it might have been a UFO” but “we’re assuming it was a blown transformer.”
PG&E has been contacted with a request for more information.
UPDATE 7:20 a.m.: According to a PG&E spokesperson, 7500 customers were without power from 1:36 a.m until 4:27 a.m. A bird is believed to have “come in contact with an energized electric line and equipment.”
The spokesperson said that the special animal safe equipment can be retrofitted in areas to protect the animals and to keep outages from happening. The company, she said, will be investigating to see if that is the appropriate response in this case.