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Blackout which left 3500 homes without power caused by bird strike

The outage, which began at around 9.10am on Monday, left thousands without electricity in Elgin and Lossiemouth.

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A blackout which left 3500 homes without power across Moray was caused by a bird colliding with a power line.

The outage, which began at around 9.10am on Monday, left thousands without electricity in Elgin and Lossiemouth.

Schools across the Moray were forced to send students home after power failed. The vast majority of homes had been reconnected by 12pm.

An SSE spokesman said: “The outage on Monday was caused by a bird strike. Our engineers are unable to say what kind of bird as they tend to strike the line and fly away.”

Thousands of migrating geese and swans pass through Moray each year on their journey to warmer southern climates.

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