Businesses had partial power losses after crows hit Edwardes St powerlines.November 20, 2012 4:46am
An mini explosion that echoed through Deniliquin’s central business district yesterday morning was later confirmed to have been crows flying into powerlines in Edwardes St.
Some businesses in Cressy St and Edwardes St had a partial loss of power for about an hour, including the Post Office and the NSW Office of Water.
At the Pastoral Times office, the lights flickered as staff were startled by a loud ‘bang’.
The power interruption caused about half of the Post Office’s power to fail, according to an employee.
It meant the computer systems were down and only some lights were working at the Cressy St business.
The NSW Office of Water also reportedly had a partial power failure.
One dead crow was still stuck in the wires at the top of the power pole, and another was on the ground below.
A silver BMW was parked underneath the power pole at the time and the explosion somehow punched a hole in her windscreen.
Early reports were that the crow may have hit the windscreen after being electrocuted, but the owner said she could not be certain what caused part of her car window to shatter.
There was also a tear to the interior on the driver’s side door. It may have been caused by the broken glass or a possible projectile.
The owner said she heard the explosive ‘‘pop’’ from her workplace in Cressy St.
She found the damage to her car a short time later. She said someone who recognised her car came into the office and told her what had happened.
When she got to her car, there were tiny pieces of broken glass all over both front seats.
Glass was also found in the door compartments and on the dash, but there was nothing found in the car that might have caused the hole.
Police are currently at a location in Kaarimba examining what they say appears to be an improvised explosive device.
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