OAKLAND -- A seagull is to blame for knocking out power for nearly 2,000 PG&E customers in the area of Jack London Square this morning, a utility company spokeswoman said.

The gull flew into a set wires near 4th and Franklin streets about 6:45 a.m. and nixed the power for 1,955 customers, said PG&E's Tamar Sarkissian.

The seagull, she said, died.

A bird can sit on a wire and be fine, but when a bird with a slightly wider wingspan makes contact with more than one wire, electricity is conducted and can cause wires to go down," Sarkissian said.

As of about 8:50 a.m. the power had been restored to all but 122 customers, according to PG&E.

Power was expected to be restored to those remaining customers by this afternoon.

Contact Natalie Neysa Alund at 510-293-2469. Follow her at Twitter.com/nataliealund.



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